Americans are wondering when the coronavirus outbreak will end and what toll will it inflict on the American people.
The White House projected up to 240,000 Americans may succumb to the virus during this pandemic.
And now Rush Limbaugh raised one question about coronavirus deaths that put jaws on the ground.
The White House coronavirus task force shocked Americans with a single slide during a presentation showing according to their models between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans may perish during the coronavirus outbreak.
President Trump relied on this data to keep the country’s economy shut down until April 30.
But just days after this announcement the Washington Post ran a story headlined “Experts and Trump’s Advisers Doubt White House’s 240,000 Coronavirus Deaths Estimate.”
In the story academics whose models informed the White House social distancing recommendations, as well as top administration officials like Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Robert Redfield, questioned the accuracy of the death count the coronavirus task force presented.
“Leading disease forecasters whose research the White House used to conclude that a 100,000 to 240,000 people will die nationwide from the coronavirus were mystified when they saw the administration’s projection this week,” the Post reported.
Limbaugh discussed this story with his audience expressing his disbelief that the task force was making public health recommendations to the President based on shaky data.
“We have spent the whole week being told what the models say we gotta rely on ’em, and now Fauci’s out saying: Well, there’s so much input going in there, there’s so much output coming out of there and “there are too many variables at play in the pandemic to make the models reliable.” So all these numbers are worthless now? What does this mean?” Dr. Fauci said. “I’ve looked at all the models. I’ve spent a lot of time on the models. They don’t tell you anything. You can’t really rely upon models,” Limbaugh exclaimed.
In the Washington Post story, the academics distanced themselves from the frighteningly high death total of 240,000 Americans by saying they were only given 24 hours to put together their models and that they may not have enough data points to accurately gauge the lethality of the virus.
“The estimate appeared to be a rushed affair, said Marc Lipsitch, a leading epidemiologist and director of Harvard University’s Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics. ‘They contacted us, I think, on a Tuesday a week ago, and asked for answers and feedback by Thursday, basically 24 hours,” the Post reported.
Limbaugh then questioned the timeframe these estimated 240,000 deaths may take place during.
The coronavirus task force was not clear on that point.
Dr. Deborah Birx made it seem like 240,000 Americans may die in the month of April.
But the Washington Post story made it seem like that number was the estimated total over a number of months.
Rush Limbaugh raised this very question and asked if the economy was being shut down on the basis of rushed data that may not be telling the real story.
“Hundred thousand dead, 240,000 dead when? By when? They keep telling us that the peak is in the next two weeks in some states, the next three weeks in some states, the next four weeks in other states. When is this total of 240,000 supposed to be reached? Well, I damn well guarantee you that most people watching the news think in two weeks. They think we’re gonna go from 6,500 deaths right now to 240,000 deaths because this is what they’re being told, and this is what they’re being told to keep ’em at home, and this is what they’re being told to make ’em go along with shutting down the economy. They think 240,000 people are gonna be dead in two weeks,” Limbaugh stated.
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