An interesting exchange after one of Donald Trump’s coronavirus briefings was accidentally caught by mics that were still turned on. Fox News’ John Roberts and New York Times photographer Doug Mills talked about COVID-19, with Roberts making some interesting claims about the virus.
Roberts walked into the briefing room where Mills is fiddling with some equipment while wearing a mask. Roberts tells him he “can take off the mask” because “the case fatality rate is 0.1 to 0.3 according to USC.”
Mills says, “Is it really? That’s reassuring,” and then added “everybody here’s been vaccinated anyway.”
Fox News John Roberts tells the man he can take the mask off because the fatality rate is a hoax. There are many more cases that are not known and that's making the death rate look much worse.
Then the man in the mask says "everyone here has been vaccinated anyways." pic.twitter.com/MBTdmJ0fV3
— Bill Maxwell (@Bill_Maxwell_) April 21, 2020
That’s when Roberts detailed the study he referenced. “USC and LA County public health study found that there may have been between 221,000 – 442,000 actually infected with Covid-19 in Los Angeles, rather than the 7,000 originally believed — which would strongly dilute the mortality rate.”
Someone off camera is then heard asking “that puts it right in line with the flu?”
Mills then says, “So it was a hoax?” Roberts replies, “I don’t think it was a hoax…”
Shortly after the exchange went viral, Roberts took to social media to clear the air. “Because you asked…..The @USC @lapublichealth
study is real – but not yet peer-reviewed. The rest of the exchange was sardonic humor and sarcasm… There is NO vaccine. And it is NOT a hoax,” he wrote.
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) April 22, 2020
Heath officials are urging people to remain in their homes as much as possible and avoid all social gatherings. Additionally, the CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.