Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University, said that President Trump’s attacks on Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will not help the United States fight the Coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s upsetting and” upsetting “to hear the president say things like this, Jha told CNN reporter Jake Taber.
“We are in the middle of the worst pandemic in a century, and Dr. Fauci is America’s most respected infectious disease expert, for good reason,” said Jha.
“He is the best there and attacking him personally is very unfortunate and it will not help that country out,” Jha added.
“I mean, we’re now on our way to a tough fall and winter. Attacking your best experts is not what you want to do if you were President of the United States.”
It could also have severe health consequences, Jha said.
Fauci is not just someone the public respects. Jha pointed out that we all in the medical field who study these things view him as the best.
Thus undermining it and undermining its message makes this virus extremely difficult to control, making this epidemic even more difficult to control. I think the president is doing a lot of harm to Dr. Fauci, but really the country. “
Trump described Fauci as a “disaster” and referred to him and other health experts as “idiots” in a campaign phone call on Monday.
Dr. Richard Besser, former acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told Anderson Cooper of CNN on the Full Circle program if political leaders are not working with scientists to unite the nation in their response to the Coronavirus, they will likely fail.
“The only way the response works is when you have a message of unity between political leaders and scientific leaders because science leaders will never ask people to do easy things. They are asking people to change their way of life, to take action to limit the spread of the infectious agent and this requires sacrifice and when not If your political leaders bring the nation together and make it a patriotic effort, it will fail. “
“The infectious agents do not care about the political party you support. They do not care where you live. They will infect everyone and everyone else,” he said.