President Donald Trump, in an interview with Newsmax TV on Wednesday, accurately stated that the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic is suppressed in America, and he justifiably blasted Democrat Andrew Cuomo of New York for having the worst record among the nation's governors.
In an exclusive, 20-minute phone conversation with Greg Kelly, President Trump also denounced Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, and his son Hunter, as "grifters and crooks," citing an Oct. 14 New York Post bombshell that in 2015, Vice President Biden met with an Ukrainian businessman, whose energy company Burisma would pay Hunter Biden and two associates millions of dollars between 2014 and 2019.
The following table of weekly provisional coronavirus death tolls, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, charts the epidemic's course since late March:
Week Ending: Fatalities
March 28: 3,165
April 4: 10,025
April 18: 17,074
May 16: 9,168
June 27: 3,782
August 1: 8,129
September 26: 3,234
These provisional death counts, characterized by the CDC as its most dependable, counted 203,855 coronavirus deaths as of October 15. Beginning in late March, the weekly death tolls grew rapidly until they peaked on April 18 at 17,074, or 2,439 each day.
Over the next 10 weeks, the grim death counts declined sharply to 3,782, or 540 a day, for the week ending June 27.
Then, over the next five weeks until August 1, the number of fatalities steadily increased to a second, yet much lower, peak of 8,129 deaths, or 1,161 per day.
But over the next eight weeks, the fatality tolls again declined sharply to 3,234 for the week ending on September 26, or 462 fatalities each day.
(The death tolls for the weeks ending on Oct. 3 and 10, which lag by several thousand, will not be completely tallied until three weeks later.)
During Wednesday's Newsmax interview, President Trump also denounced Joe Biden as congenitally corrupt. As I documented in an Oct. 5 Newsmax article, Biden demagogically claimed, during the Sept. 29 presidential candidates' debate, that if President Trump did not take drastic actions, another 200,000 Americans would die from the SARS-CoV-2 over the final three months of this year.
Again, for America to suffer 200,000 deaths, in the 92 days that then remained this year, would require 2,174 deaths daily, which has only been exceeded by the weeks that ended on April 18, with 2,439 daily fatalities, and on April 25, with 2,205.
In short, Biden was just egregiously disseminating "Fake Epidemiology," which has zero chance of happening over the next two and one-half months.
Thirdly, in the Newsmax interview on Oct. 14, President Trump properly denounced Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a "thug" and "bully" who "ruined" New York State, and who has the worst record among the 50 governors in battling the coronavirus epidemic.
As of Oct. 15, the CDC's provisional death tolls record 32,534 deaths in New York State, including 20,807 in NYC, or 16% of the nation's fatalities.
However, on July 1, 2019, New York State's population of 19,454,000 represented only 6% of America's 328,240,000 people.
This table compares Gov. Cuomo's abominable record with those of the governors of the two most populous states with Republican governors, Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida:
||Deaths per 100,000
Indeed, the combined deaths of Florida and Texas equal 32,458, or 76 fewer than New York's 32,534. Yet the two Republican states' combined population of 50,474,000 is 2.5 times that of New York's.
Furthermore, the three mega-states' deaths-to-cases ratios demonstrates that Gov. Cuomo's egregious incompetence is responsible for 15,000 excess, avoidable deaths:
With 203,855 deaths and 7,876,394 cases, the United States' deaths-to-cases ratio is 2.6%.
President Trump also correctly castigated Gov. Cuomo for slow-walking New York's re-opening, while Governors DeSantis of Florida and Abbott of Texas have since last spring robustly re-opened their states.
In August, when the national unemployment rate was 8.4%, Texas' was 6.8%, Florida's was 7.4% and New York's was a horrendous 12.5%.
Tragically, for millions of New Yorkers' health and livelihoods, Gov. Cuomo has insanely kept the state's economy and schools heavily shut-down, despite New York's provisional death totals having increased by only 487 fatalities between Aug. 20 and Oct. 15, from 32,047 to 32,534, or an average of only nine coronavirus deaths daily in a state with more than 19 million residents.
Mark Schulte is a retired New City schoolteacher and mathematician who has written extensively about science and the history of science. Read Mark Schulte's Report's — More Here.
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