Cases up because we TEST, TEST, TEST. A Fake News Media Conspiracy. Many young people who heal very fast. 99.9%. Corrupt Media conspiracy at all time high. On November 4th., topic will totally change. VOTE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2020
However, the White House coronavirus testing czar Admiral Brett Giroir told NBC News’ “Today” on Wednesday that the surge is not just the result of more testing.
“We do believe, and the data show that cases are going up. It’s not just a function of testing,” Giroir said.
He continued, “Yes, we’re getting more cases identified, but the cases are actually going up. And we know that, too, because hospitalizations are going up.”
He noted that while new hospitalizations for the virus are on the rise, “We’re still tens of thousands of hospitalizations below where we were in July.”
However, he stressed, “We can control the virus. We know how to do that.”
“We can reverse that. I just want everybody to know, nobody’s waving the white flag. The American people can make a difference, you’ve done a great job. Americans have defeated this before in July and August. We have to do the same thing now. Because, as you said, we’re entering the winter period, there’s more chances to spread particularly in-doors in small gatherings.”
Watch the video below:
Watch @SavannahGuthrie’s full interview with @HHS_ASH, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, on the recent surge in #COVID19 cases and the status of a vaccine. pic.twitter.com/nEDUdhJ1xF— TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 28, 2020
He went on to encourage Americans to practice social distancing, good hand washing, avoid crowded gatherings, and wear masks.
On top of those measures, Giroir called for even more testing, “Please increase testing. We’re only using about a third of our nation’s testing capacity right now. We do need to test more people, especially in these outbreak areas.”
In recent days the president accused the media of devoting too much attention to the virus.
ALL THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA WANTS TO TALK ABOUT IS COVID, COVID, COVID. ON NOVEMBER 4th, YOU WON’T BE HEARING SO MUCH ABOUT IT ANYMORE. WE ARE ROUNDING THE TURN!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2020
During a rally in Michigan on Tuesday, he said, “It’s ‘COVID, COVID, COVID,’ you can’t watch anything else. On November 4th, you won’t be hearing so much about it.”