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When it comes to coronavirus information, most Americans don't trust President Donald Trump. But they do trust Dr. Anthony Fauci — despite White House attempts to discredit the nation’s top infectious disease expert.

Fauci himself described the attacks he has been facing as “a bit bizarre” and warned they would end up hurting the President. Nearly every aspect of the raging pandemic, from ventilator distribution to school reopenings, has become a political issue. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp’s executive order to ban local municipalities from mandating masks is just the latest example of the power struggle.

But facts matter. And they are not good. The number of infected Americans is fast approaching 3.5 million. A total of 39 US states are reporting an increase in the number of new cases from the week before. Hard-hit parts of Arizona and Texas are bringing in refrigerated trucks as morgues fill up. An influential model from the University of Washington is projecting 224,000 people will die from the virus by November 1 -- an increase of almost 16,000 from last week.

The cardinal sin of crisis messaging? Overconfidence. Like saying the virus will disappear or that your state is doing just fine, even when the facts say otherwise.

Coronavirus cases are surging in the south because states reopened too soon, not because northerners traveled to southern destinations over Memorial Day, the Harvard Global Health Institute asserted in a statement yesterday.

Oklahoma's Kevin Stitt becomes first US governor to test positive for Covid-19
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has become the first US governor to report a positive test for coronavirus.

Mr Stitt, 48, announced the positive test results on Wednesday after seeking a test due to feeling “a little achy” on Tuesday.

“I feel fine, I felt a little bit achy yesterday, didn’t have a fever but just a little bit achy so just did my regular testing and it came back positive,” he said on a conference call with reporters.

Vital coronavirus data immediately vanishes after Trump administration removes control from CDC
Vital data showing whether US hospitals have the resources to deal with the coronavirus pandemic has already vanished from a government website after the Trump administration quietly shifted responsibility for the statistics to another department.

Figures tracking the prevalence of free hospital and intensive care beds, and the number of available health care workers, ventilators and personal protective equipment across the US have been compiled – and published – by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since the start of the pandemic.

But on Wednesday, it was reported that hospitals had been told they should now send their daily data – not to the CDC – but to a private company in Pittsburgh called TeleTracking Technologies, and that the information would be published instead by the CDC’s parent agency, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Coronavirus: Fauci tells Zuckerberg 30,000 people in vaccine trial starting this summer
Anthony Fauci, the federal government's top infectious disease official, says a vaccine trial will start this summer with 30,000 people participating. He also told Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg that researchers have found no 'deleterious' effects on a person's breathing amid a nationwide battle over whether people should cover their faces to prevent spread through tiny droplets of saliva and mucus.

#NotMyChild trends after attack videos target Trump's school reopening response
The hashtag #NotMyChild trended on Thursday after new attack videos took aim at Donald Trump's push to reopen schools amid the coronavirus pandemic.

New York Times bestselling author Dan Winslow put together a mash-up of the Trump administration's responses to reopening schools, saying that the president "wants you to hurt your own child for his re-election".

"Now Donald Trump wants you to abandon your most primal and powerful motherly instinct to protect your child," the video says.
Donald Trump wants you to hurt your own child for his re-election. Join the fight and say #NotMyChild.

Mark Zuckerberg called the Trump administration's response to COVID-19 'really disappointing' in a Facebook interview with Anthony Fauci (FB)
  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the Trump administration's response to the pandemic is "very disappointing."
  • Zuckerberg called out the US's failure to ramp up COVID-19 testing, as well as the White House's attacks on its scientists.
  • He made the remarks in an interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci that was livestreamed on Facebook.
  • "Now that we're here in July, I just think it was avoidable, and it's really disappointing that we still don't have adequate testing," Zuckerberg said.