A New York professor of medicine has spoken out in praise of the way President Trump has handled the coronavirus outbreak.
Dr. Marc Siegel, from New York University, is also the author of “False Alarm: The Truth about the Epidemic of Fear.” “I’ve been handling these emerging contagions for about 20 years now, and I have to tell you, I’ve never seen one handled better,” said Siegel of President Donald Trump’s approach to the coronavirus outbreak, reported Breitbart.
“The task force are really top players,” said Siegel, adding the task force’s inclusion of Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) infectious disease. Fauci is “one of the top infectious disease experts in the country,” he said.
The inclusion of CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield, a virologist, and Dr. Nancy Messonnier, an expert in vaccines, adds to the experience of the task force.
“It’s not a question of if this will happen but when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illnesses,” said Messonnier, director of the CDC’s immunization and respiratory disease division, on Tuesday, Feb. 26.
“They’ve been doing exactly what they’re supposed to be doing,” said Siegel of the Trump administration’s measures toward protecting Americans from the coronavirus. “[They are] restricting travel, isolating patients who are sick, and trying to cut down on contact. It’s a very hard thing to do when people are pouring in from all over the world.”
Siegel contrasted the number of deaths that occurred from SARS, the swine flu, and the flu with the mortality rate so far from coronavirus.
“SARS had about a ten percent mortality [rate], but it only affected about 8,000 people,” recalled Siegel. “Swine flu had a very, very low mortality for flu, but flu itself really only causes about a point-four percent death rate, and [coronavirus] is about one-point-four percent. So this is killing more than flu, but I want to make a couple of points that will reassure people.”
Siegel continued, “One, at the beginning of an emerging contagion, it always appears more deadly than it actually is. The 1918 flu is an exception, but normally as time goes on, it’s less deadly, and part of that is because you see more immunity appearing, and you also find a lot of milder cases—or even cases where people don’t get sick at all. You find that as you start to test more people.”
Siegel commented that the United States needs to take more control of manufacturing pharmaceuticals in the States, not rely on countries like China for supply.
“We’re relying on China for 90 percent of our ingredients for pharmaceuticals,” Siegel commented. “That hopefully will change as a result of this because we’re going to end up with tremendous shortages of basic drugs, including antibiotics and blood pressure medication if this continues much longer in Wuhan.”
“This is a wake-up call that we must make more of our pharmaceuticals here in the United States,” added Siegel.