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Coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx calmly but expertly dismantled the media for spreading fake news to panic the public during the latest media briefing.
Birx made the comments after President Donald Trump spoke about coronavirus on Thursday.
“Finally the situation about ventilators, we we were reassured in a meeting with our colleagues in New York that there are still ICU beds remaining, and there are still, significant, over a thousand or two thousand ventilators that have not been utilized yet,” said Birx.
“Please for the reassurance for the people around the world, to wake up this morning and look at people talking about creating DNR situations, do not resuscitate situations for patients, there is no situation in the United States right now that warrants that kind of discussion,” she explained.
Birx was likely referring to a report from the Washington Post about hospitals quietly talking about the possibility of issuing DNR policies if they are overwhelmed by coronavirus cases.
“You can be thinking about it in a hospital, certainly many hospitals talk about this on a daily basis, but to say that to the American people, to make the implication that when they need a hospital bed it’s not gonna be there, or when they need that ventilator, it’s not gonna be there, we don’t have an evidence of that right now,” Birx continued.
“And it’s our job collectively, to assure the American people, it’s our collective job to make sure that doesn’t happen,” she explained.
“Right now you can see these cases are concentrated in highly urban areas, there are other parts of the states that have lots of ventilators, and other parts of New York state that don’t have any infections right now,” Birx said.
“So we can be creative, we can meet the need by being responsive,” she concluded, “but there’s no model right now, no reality on the ground where we can see that 60-70% of American are going to be infected in the next 8 to 12 weeks. I just want to be clear about that.”
Coronavirus cases continue to rise in the United States and especially in New York City where there is an oversized percentage of the infected and in deaths from the pandemic.
Here’s the video of the comments from Dr. Birx:
Dr. Birx on ventilators in New York: "To wake up this morning and look at people talking about creating DNR situations, Do-Not-Resuscitate situations for patients — there is no situation in the United States right now that warrants that kind of discussion." pic.twitter.com/I3tcEMIPZe
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