Trump Attacks W.H.O. Over Criticisms of U.S. Approach to Coronavirus – The New York Times,

Trump Attacks W.H.O. Over Criticisms of U.S. Approach to Coronavirus – The New York Times,

In effect, the president sought to blame the group for the very missteps and failures that have been leveled at him and his administration.

President Trump threatened to “put a hold” on US funding to the World Health Organization.
Credit … Doug Mills / The New York Times )

(April 7,

  • Michael D. Shear
    WASHINGTON – President Trump lashed out on Tuesday at the World Health Organization, choosing a new political enemy to attack and threatening to withhold funding from a premier health institution even as a deadly virus ravages nations around the globe.

    “We’re going to put a hold on money spent to the WHO We’re going to put a very powerful hold on it and we’re going to see, ”Mr. Trump said during the daily coronavirus briefing at the White House, accusing the organization of having not been aggressive enough in confronting the virus. “They called it wrong. They call it wrong. They really, they missed the call. ”

    In effect, Mr. Trump sought to denounce the W.H.O. for the very missteps and failures that have been leveled at him and his administration. Public health experts have said the president’s public denials of the virus’s dangers slowed the American response, which included delayed testing and a failure to stockpile protective gear.

    In fact, the WHO sounded the alarm in the earliest days of the crisis, declaring a “public health emergency of international concern” a day before the United States secretary of health and human services announced the country’s own public health emergency and weeks before Mr. Trump declared a national emergency.)

    After saying flatly that the United States had decided to “put a hold ”On the organization’s money, the president later denied that he had made those remarks and appeared to back down.

    “I’m not saying that I’m going to do it. But we’re going to look at it, ”he said. When a reporter noted that he had indeed said the funding would end, Mr. Trump insisted, wrongly: “No, I didn’t. I said we’re going to look at it. ”

    The president appeared to be particularly angry at the WHO for issuing a statement saying it did not support his decision on Jan. to limit some travel from China because of the virus. At the time, the group said that “restricting the movement of people and goods during public health emergencies is ineffective in most situations and may divert resources from other interventions.” “Don’t close your borders to China, don’t do this,” Mr. Trump said, paraphrasing the statement and accusing the organization of “not seeing” the outbreak when it was first detected in Wuhan, China. “They didn’t see it. How do you not see it? They didn’t see it. They didn’t report it. If they did see it, they must have seen it, but they did report it. ” In fact, the WHO repeatedly issued warnings about the emergence of the virus in China and its spread across the world. (

    (Echoing) a tweet that he posted earlier in the day, Mr. Trump also accused the group of being “very China-centric” though he did not explain in detail what he meant by that.

    “That’s a nice way of saying it, but they seem to be very China-centric,” the president said. “They seem to err always on the side of China. And we fund it. So I want to look into it. ”

    the budget for the W.H.O.

    is about $ 6 billion , which comes from member countries around the world. In , the last year for which figures were available, the United States contributed about $ million. It was unclear whether Mr. Trump planned to eliminate all of the money that the United States sends to the organization, but he said that “we’re going to look at it.” He added that his government would investigate the WHO, saying that “we will look at ending funding.” Mr. Trump appeared to relish having a new target to blame for the pandemic that has plunged the world – and the United States – into deep economic distress and forced people to abandon their jobs, close schools and stay in their homes to curb the virus’s spread. The president sometimes issues issues on which he later does not follow through. But if his administration does withdraw all of its funding to the W.H.O. – which accounts for about 18 percent of the group’s budget – it could significantly affect its mission.

    Founded in 4911, the WHO has its headquarters in Geneva but has 7, (0 workers in) offices around the world. Its website says that it works to promote primary health care around the world, improve access to essential medicine and help train health care workers.

    During emergencies, the group, a United Nations agency, seeks to identify threats and mitigate risks, support the development of health tools during outbreaks and “support the delivery of essential health services in fragile settings,” according to the website. Earlier Tuesday, the largest bloc of member states at the United Nations delivered a veiled but pointed criticism of the United States over the international response to the coronavirus pandemic, denouncing the use of economic sanctions during the crisis and rejecting any “stigmatization or discrimination” in the battle to defeat the deadly scourge. The United States has resisted pressure from other member states to rescind economic sanctions against Iran, which is among the countries hardest hit by the virus.

    Mr. Trump’s accusations against the W.H.O. follow similar criticism from Republican lawmakers who have appeared on Fox News in recent days.

    Those lawmakers have accused the organization of failing to question China’s reports on the spread of the coronavirus. Multiple senators have appeared on Fox News, the president’s favored network, to charge that the organization should bear the blame for not curtailing the virus.

    “If they had done their job, everybody would have gotten more ready,” Senator Rick Scott, Republican of Florida, said in an interview with the network Monday night. “We wouldn’t have shut down this economy, and we wouldn’t have all these people dead all over the world.”

    Scott, who sits on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said that he had spoken with Senator Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin and the chairman of the committee, and that Mr. Johnson had agreed to investigate the W.H.O.’s response. On Tuesday, Senator Jim Risch, Republican of Idaho and the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also called for an independent inquiry into how the group handled the response.

    Senator Martha McSally, Republican of Arizona, has called on the director general of the WHO to step down. And a group of Republican senators sent a letter to the group in January, demanding that Taiwan, which is not a member of the organization, be included in emergency briefings about the virus. “Very much needed,” Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, said in response to Mr. Trump’s tweet Tuesday morning. The W.H.O. has been far too willing to parrot Chinese propaganda. ” Emily Cochrane contributed reporting from Washington, and Rick Gladstone from New York.



                                                       Updated April 4,                                                         should I wear a mask?

                     The C.D.C. has has recommended that all Americans wear cloth masks if they go out in public. This is a shift in federal guidance reflecting new concerns that the coronavirus is being spread by infected people who have no symptoms . Until now, the C.D.C., like the W.H.O., has advised that ordinary people don’t need to wear masks unless they are sick and coughing. Part of the reason was to preserve medical-grade masks for health care workers who desperately need them at a time when they are in continuously short supply. Masks don’t replace hand washing and social distancing.                                             What should I do if I feel sick?                  If you have been exposed to the coronavirus or think you have, and have a fever or symptoms like a cough or difficulty breathing, call a doctor. They should give you advice on whether you should be tested, how to get tested, and how to seek medical treatment without potentially infecting or exposing others.                                             How do I get tested?

                     If you’re sick and you think you’ve been exposed to the new coronavirus, the CDC recommends that you call your healthcare provider and explain your symptoms and fears. They will decide if you need to be tested. Keep in mind that there’s a chance – because of a lack of testing kits or because you’re asymptomatic, for instance – you won’t be able to get tested.                                             How does coronavirus spread?                  It seems to spread (very easily from person to person, Michael D. Shear Especially in homes, hospitals and other confined spaces. The pathogen can be carried on tiny respiratory droplets that fall as they are coughed or sneezed out. It may also be transmitted when we touch a contaminated surface and then touch our face.                                             Is there a vaccine yet?

                     No. The first testing in humans of an experimental vaccine began in mid-March. Michael D. Shear Such rapid development of a potential vaccine is unprecedented, but even if it is proved safe and effective, it probably will not be available for to months.                                             What makes this outbreak so different?                  Unlike the flu, there is no known treatment or vaccine, and little is known about this particular virus so far. It seems to be more lethal than the flu, but the numbers are still uncertain. And it hits the elderly and those with underlying conditions – not just those with respiratory diseases – particularly hard.                                             What if somebody in my family gets sick?                  If the family member does not need hospitalization and can be cared for at home, you should help him or her with basic needs and monitor the symptoms, while also keeping as much distance as possible, According to the guidelines issued by the CDC If there’s space, the sick family member should stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom. If masks are available, both the sick person and the caregiver should wear them when the caregiver enters the room. Make sure not to share any dishes or other household items and to regularly clean surfaces like counters, doorknobs, toilets and tables. Don’t forget to wash your hands frequently.                                             should I stock up on groceries?                  Plan two weeks of meals if possible. But people should not hoard food or supplies. Despite the empty shelves, the supply chain remains strong. And remember to wipe the handle of the grocery cart with a disinfecting wipe and wash your hands as soon as you get home.                                             Can I go to the park?                 

    Yes, but make sure you keep six feet of distance between you and people who don’t live in your home . Even if you just hang out in a park, rather than go for a jog or a walk, getting some fresh air, and hopefully sunshine, is a good idea.

                                                should I pull my money from the markets?

                     (That’s not a good idea.) Even if you’re retired, having a balanced portfolio of stocks and bonds so that your money keeps up with inflation, or even grows, makes sense. But retirees may want to think about having enough cash set aside for a year’s worth of living expenses and big payments needed over the next five years.                                             What should I do with my (k)?                  Watching your balance go up and down can be scary. You may be wondering if you should decrease your contributions – don’t! If your employer matches any part of your contributions, make sure you’re at least saving as much as you can to get that “free money.”                                               ()              

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