Trump pushes back on CDC’s latest COVID-19 projections: Report

A new report that was leaked out of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created quite a stir in the media.

Donald Trump, however, says the report’s numbers are inaccurate, according to Breitbart. The president contends that the CDC’s model is missing some key information.

“We’re doing a lot of mitigation”

To this point, we have yet to see a clearly distinguishable pattern in COVID-19 infections.

According to early models, hundreds of thousands of people already would have been dead of the disease in the U.S., and millions sick. As it stands, the U.S. has seen over 70,000 coronavirus deaths, and is at nearly 1.3 million infections, according to a tracker from Johns Hopkins University.

As the real numbers show, models are only as good as the data that goes into them — and for his part, President Trump believes some key numbers were missing from the CDC’s latest projections.

The new model shows a spike in deaths in the U.S. come June and a total of more than 134,000 deaths by August, Breitbart notes.

Trump believes the model is off because it did not factor in mitigation efforts, like social distancing and stay-at-home orders, that remain in place throughout most of the country. “That’s a report with no mitigation…but we’re doing a lot of mitigation,” he said Monday, according to Breitbart.

The president went on: “The fact that they’re out, they’re mitigating, they’re social distancing, they all know that, they’re washing their hands a lot.”

“We have to get our country open”

Despite this fact, the CDC report is, predictably, being used by the media to push the narrative the reopening is taking place too quickly. Of course, President Trump is not buying it.

“We have to get our country open,” he said Monday, according to Breitbart. “We did everything right, but now it’s time to go back to work.”

Indeed, the country has more or less been shut down now for two months, and Americans are feeling the impact of these drastic measures in their wallets. We now have more than 30 million Americans out of work, according to MarketWatch, and small business owners are hanging on by a thread.

If we wait too long to reopen, there will be nothing left of the economy to restart. That’s why Trump is hoping states will gradually start to reopen and get people back to work. The virus can’t hold us hostage forever.

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