President Donald Trump said Saturday that he disagreed with CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield's warning that this fall could be one of the worst in US history from a public health perspective.
Redfield reiterated a warning this week that if Americans don't follow coronavirus prevention guidelines, like wearing masks and avoiding crowds, the country could be in store for "the worst fall, from a public health perspective, we've ever had." Redfield noted that the coronavirus pandemic has been the worst public health crisis in a century and said Americans could prepare for fall by getting a flu vaccine.
No, I don't agree with that," Trump said. "I mean you can't compare it to 1917, that was incredible. That was the worst ever by far."
The President then praised Americans for taking the mitigation steps the CDC recommends, including wearing masks, though pointing out that views on masks changed during the pandemic.
I do believe that Americans, many are wearing masks which is a good thing. Again, some people thought that you shouldn't wear a mask,” Trump said. "You know, when this whole thing started, Dr. Fauci, who I like and respect, said don't wear masks. So did Dr. Redfield."
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, and Redfield both changed their guidance on the importance of regularly wearing face masks as new evidence emerged.
But wash your hands, good hygiene, all of those things, I think people are really doing it to a level that they've never done before,” Trump said. "When you look at the numbers, the way the numbers are coming out, I mean, it's very impressive ... We've done it right. We closed it up."