Trump tells press he’d slow coronavirus testing. Never had the balls to tell Fauci!

At a hearing Tuesday on Capitol Hill, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health and other federal officials said that no one had told them — including President Trump — to slow down testing for the coronavirus. The statements came after Trump has repeatedly said that more testing would lead to more infections being revealed…

Trump has been much criticized for his handling of the coronavirus outbreak. The U.S. has the largest number of confirmed cases in the world — more than 2.3 million — as well as the most deaths — about 120,000. The daily number of people dying with COVID-19 has declined in recent weeks, but the number of cases is rising in many parts of the country…

Later in the testimony, Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Calif., asked Fauci and Redfield whether they had been consulted about Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the World Health Organization. Fauci and Redfield said they had not been directly consulted, but that they keep working with the agency on health matters.

“The CDC has a long history of working with WHO. We continue that collaboration,” Redfield said. “We continue working at the technical scientist-to-scientist level.”…

Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., raised the issue of how the virus has disproportionately endangered African Americans and other minorities…

“Obviously, the African American community has suffered from racism for a very, very long period of time,” Fauci said. “And I cannot imagine that that has not contributed to the conditions that they find themselves in, economically and otherwise. So the answer, congressman, is yes.”

The hearing was interesting, useful. I always get a chuckle over the number of times Trumpo blathers out talking points aimed at the lower lifeforms who automagically vote for him. And, then, an enterprising newsperson checks up and verifies that the Trumpet hasn’t done a damned thing.

Not that he hasn’t instituted the most evil destruction of law and progress in American history. He just can’t stop lying.

80% of Covid-19 cases in the US went undetected in March

A new study suggests that as many as 8.7 million Americans came down with coronavirus in March, but more than 80% of them were never diagnosed

A team of researchers looked at the number of people who went to doctors or clinics with influenza-like illnesses that were never diagnosed as coronavirus, influenza or any of the other viruses that usually circulate in winter.

There was a giant spike in these cases in March, the researchers reported in the journal Science Translational Medicine…

The researchers could not count every single case, so they ran a series of calculations to make sure their data fit in with what’s known about state populations and about the annual flu epidemic, as well as with the hard data that was collected from actual testing of coronavirus patients. They also took into account growing evidence that people started avoiding hospitals, clinics and doctor’s offices once it was clear there was a pandemic, and after pandemic lockdowns started.

Just one more failure in transparency, information-gathering and honesty that will keep political historians busy cranking out analyses and reports for decades — telling the tale of the worst president in American history.