Photo: Getty Images For months it’s been said that the only certainty surrounding the coronavirus is the uncertainty in the ways in which it infects and affects human hosts. But there’s been a second constant throughout the pandemic: the president’s instinct to deny the reality surrounding the impact of COVID-19 in the United States, where over 121,000 people have died from the virus in the last four months. Trump’s latest comment showing his contempt for a robust public-health system came on Saturday, when he told a half-empty stadium in Tulsa that “when you do testing … you’re going to find more people, you’re going to find more cases. So I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down please.’” Despite this obvious falsehood — case growth has surpassed test growth in the alarming outbreaks in Texas, Florida, and California — Trump doubled down on the claim this week, explaining the merits of a slowdown in testing and clarifying that his rally comment wasn’t a joke. The president isn’t the only figure in the administration who is publicly misconstruing the public-health crisis. On Wednesday — the day the United States broke its single-day case record with 38,000 new patients — Vice-President… Read full this story
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