President Donald Trump said Wednesday that the coronavirus “will simply disappear” at some point and refused to offer a strategy for dealing with the upsurge in cases in the south and west.
“I think we’re doing very well with the coronavirus. I think, at some point, this is just going to go away. I hope so,” the president said in an interview with the conservative Fox network.
The journalist doing the interview then asked Trump if he still believed the virus would disappear, something he has said before, and the president responded, “Yes, I do.
The first time Trump made similar statements was in February, when he claimed that the disease would vanish “like a miracle,” and then in May he claimed that the virus “is going to disappear even without a vaccine.
After Trump’s comments on Fox, White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany endorsed the president, saying, “The president is confident that it will go away. He has put together a world-class revolutionary team that will beat the bureaucracy and get a vaccine.
However, government health experts believe there will not be a vaccine until early 2021 and have called on Americans to respect the rules of distance between people and wear masks to prevent further contagion.
Earlier this week, the government’s top epidemiologist, Anthony Fauci, warned that if no action is taken, the U.S. risks reaching 100,000 daily cases of coronavirus, up from the current 40,000.
According to The New York Times database, in the last two weeks the number of cases has grown by 80 percent, especially in the south and west of the country, where some cities such as Houston, Texas, are registering daily records and hospitals are close to collapse.
Since the start of the pandemic, more than 127,500 people have died from the virus in the U.S. and more than 2.6 million have become infected, according to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University.