Dr. Ashish Jah, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, has said that President Trump’s attacks on Dr. Anthony Fossie, the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, will not help the United States fight the corona virus.
Ja told CNN’s Jack Tapper that it was “worrying” to hear the president say such things.
“We are in the midst of the worst epidemic in a century, and Dr. Fucci is America’s most respected epidemiologist for good reason,” Ja said.
“He is the best there, it is very unfortunate to attack him personally and it is not going to help the country,” Ja added.
“I mean, we’m going through a difficult fall and winter right now. Attacking your best experts is not what you want to do if you are president of the United States.”
It could also have adverse health consequences, Ja said.
“Dr. Fossie is not the only one the public respects. All of us in the medical field who study these things consider him to be the best, ”said Ja.
“So undermining him and undermining his message is really very difficult to control this virus, it is very difficult to control this epidemic. I think the president is slandering Dr. Fucci, but really for the country.”
Trump called Fassi a “disaster” and called him and other health professionals “idiots” in a campaign phone call on Monday.
Dr. Richard Pesser, former executive director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that if political leaders did not work with scientists to pull the country together in response to their corona virus, they would probably fail.
“The only way to respond is when you have a message of solidarity between political leaders and science leaders, because science leaders are never going to ask people to do easy things. They are asking people to change their way of life, to take action, to reduce the spread of an infectious agent, it requires sacrifice, your politics When leaders pull the country together and turn it into a national initiative, you are going to fail, ”he said.
“Infectious agents do not care which political party you support. They do not care where you live. They affect everyone and everyone,” he said.