President Donald Trump's comments that disinfectants could potentially treat coronavirus patients who remained in the news after four days were "worrying," said a key member of the White House Task Force on Coronavirus.
"I think it bothers me that this is still in the news cycle because I think we miss the bigger parts of what we as Americans need to do to keep protecting each other," said Dr. Deborah Brix, member of the White House Task Force for Coronavirus, said CNN in an interview.
Trump had suggested on Wednesday that the possibility of examining disinfectant injections in COVID-19 patients or bringing UV light "into" their bodies to kill the deadly virus was immediately withdrawn by health experts, while a leading disinfectant manufacturer said Asked people not to listen to such dangerous speculation.
Brix, a leading doctor specializing in HIV / AIDS immunology, said the dialogue should focus on asymptomatic cases, not the president's comments.
"We should have this dialogue about this unique coagulation that we see. We are the first country in which really young people lived to this extent. Italy and Europe are about eight years older than us on average.
"So this is the first experience of this virus in an open society where we can really understand what's going on with each age group. These are the things we should talk about and focus on," said Brix.
"As a scientist, public health official, and researcher, I sometimes worry that we won't give the American people the information they need if we continue to address something that came from Thursday night," she said.
When asked a question, Brix said Trump had clarified that doctors need to study his idea.
"I think I made it clear that this was a consideration. But I want us to go on sending information to the American people that can help them protect each other and understand how devastating this virus is for others are age groups and different symptoms and different comorbidities, "she said.
Dr. Brix said she was "always concerned" when asked about a possible increase in new cases and deaths after many states took measures to open up their economies.
"I'm always worried. And that's why we set important, important gating criteria. And those gating criteria didn't just affect the epidemic. They dealt with healthcare workers and made sure that healthcare workers were protected. And it was also about hospital capacity, "she said.
Dr. Brix noted that the number of asymptomatic cases and asymptomatic spreading has become better understood in the past few weeks, and stressed the need for Sentinel surveillance, which is proactively monitored in long-term care facilities and in multi-patient inter-city clinics across prisons Native Americans to really make sure the virus is found before people get symptoms.
"And that's also an essential part of it, which I sometimes miss when we talk about diagnosis and contact tracking. We also need to diagnose the virus before it becomes apparent to the community," she said.
The corona virus, which comes from the Chinese city of Wuhan, has claimed more than 2,000,000 lives and has infected almost 3 million people worldwide. There are nearly one million confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States, with over 54,000 deaths.
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