Each and every day, our nation’s doctors and scientists are learning something new about COVID-19 and its spread.
This is a new strain of an old, old virus known as coronavirus. This means that, despite its novel nature, it still obeys many of the laws that govern the general coronavirus. We have the basics, so to speak, but it’s the minute details that we need to crack the case.
Unfortunately, it appears as though we’re about two months further behind than we thought we were in the progression fo the disease, thanks to a growing fear that China has completely misrepresented what they dealt with.
President Trump said Wednesday he could not confirm the veracity of the numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths being reported by China, as he warned Americans to brace for more “horrific” days in dealing with the virus.
While Trump said the numbers being reported by Beijing “seem to be a little on the light side,” the president and National Security Adviser Robert C. O’Brien said they currently have no way to confirm the number of COVID-19 cases being reported by the Chinese government. The comments follow accusations from critics that China is underreporting its cases.
“We are not in the position to confirm any of the numbers coming from China,” O’Brien said during the daily White House coronavirus task force press briefing. “We just have no way to confirm any of those numbers.”
The president put it more bluntly: “As far as the numbers, I’m not an accountant from China.”
The continued revelations regarding the true nature of the relentless virus have made the “official” numbers from China appear faulty on their face, but concerns that Beijing may have purposefully deflated the data has led to international condemnation and calls for reparations.