Covid-19 🦠 Newsbites
Fauci calls into meetings virtually and avoids going in person to the White House because 'of all the infections there'
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci told the Washington Post he does not go to the West Wing anymore because "of all the infections there."
  • Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House coronavirus task force, also revealed he has not spoken with President Donald Trump since early October.
  • By early October, more than 30 aides, officials, and various other staff members tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
  • The cases in the White House orbit came after a September 26 gathering for newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, which Fauci deemed a "superspreader event."

White House lashes out at Fauci, accuses him of 'playing politics' after he offered a bleak assessment of the US coronavirus response
  • The White House on Sunday lashed out at Dr. Anthony Fauci, criticizing him for speaking out about the state of COVID-19 cases in the US.
  • Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned in an interview published Saturday the US needed to make an "abrupt change" to its COVID-19 mitigation strategy.
  • White House spokesperson Judd Deere accused Fauci of making "his political leanings known by praising the president's opponent."

A top Trump coronavirus advisor made an appearance on a Russian propaganda outlet saying lockdown policies are 'killing people'
  • Scott Atlas, the controversial coronavirus advisor to President Donald Trump, blasted lockdowns in an interview with Russian propaganda platform RT.
  • "The lockdowns will go down as an epic failure of public policy," Atlas said during his appearance. "The argument is undeniable. The lockdowns are killing people."
  • Public health experts have been urging local officials to enact lockdowns and business closures to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.
Atlas made the remarks on RT, a Kremlin-backed platform that uses YouTube as its "propaganda vehicle of choice," a team of US lawmakers said last year.

Atlas himself has been accused of spreading disinformation and false information surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

Twitter earlier this month dinged and removed one of his tweets saying masks don't work, a decision that Atlas railed against. Prominent coronavirus experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci have publicly expressed concern over some of Atlas' remarks and beliefs, including his criticism of lockdowns. Fauci in September called Atlas an "outlier."

Billionaire Bill Gates referred to Atlas as a "pseudo-expert," expressing frustration at Trump's willingness to listen to him.

Trump says 'the great American Comeback is underway' as COVID-19 cases surge to record highs
  • President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday that there will be "NO LOCKDOWNS" as COVID-19 cases surge to new highs in the US.
  • "Biden wants to LOCKDOWN our Country, maybe for years. Crazy!" Trump tweeted, referring to the Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. "There will be NO LOCKDOWNS. The great American Comeback is underway!!!"
  • Trump's claim that the US is on the verge of a "comeback" and is "rounding the corner" amid the pandemic is not supported by reality or data.
  • This week, the US broke its daily record and reported more than 99,000 new cases, and nearly two dozen states have reported their worst weeks ever for new cases, The New York Times reported.
  • Trump and Biden have repeatedly sparred over the handling of the outbreak, and the president has drawn sharp backlash for downplaying its severity.
The president refused to wear a mask even though the Centers for Disease Control and the vast majority of medical professionals and scientific experts said doing so would significantly slow the spread of the disease. He falsely claimed that he took "strong action" early on by shutting down travel from China. In fact, Trump did not impose a complete ban on travel from China, and thousands of people traveled to the US from China after the restrictions were announced. The restrictions were also implemented after the virus had already gained a foothold in the US.

The president also falsely said during the final debate with Biden last month that the US's mortality rate is "way down and much lower than almost any other country." And he's also repeatedly said that a new COVID-19 vaccine will be released within "weeks," even though CDC Director Robert Redfield recently told Congress that a vaccine wouldn't be out until mid to late 2021.