Thursday, April 2, 2020

Incomplete Chinese Data Misled Experts, WHO fails

Dr. Deborah Birx on Tuesday said that medical experts failed to understand the seriousness of the coronavirus because of incomplete data coming out of China. “I think the medical community interpreted the Chinese data as that this was serious but smaller than anyone expected,” she said. “Because I think probably we were missing a significant amount of the data.” Birx spoke about the experts’ relationship with the data during a White House press briefing on Tuesday evening. She acknowledged frankly that when she saw early data from China reporting only 50,000 cases of the virus among the 20 million people in Wuhan, China, and the 80 million in Hubei province, she felt that the threat was similar to that of SARS, which had 8,098 cases globally and 774 deaths. The devastation hitting countries like Italy and Spain and South Korea gave the experts much more complete data, helping them draw models that were far more alarming. “Let’s see if we can do much better than that,” President Donald Trump said during the briefing, pointing to the models predicting 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the United States. Trump noted that the virus was also more contagious than expected. “I think the one thing that nobody really knew about this virus was how contagious it was,” he said. “It’s so incredibly contagious, and nobody knew that.”
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From #WashTimes’ Ryan Lovelace: Huawei ran a new influence campaign using Facebook ads with disguised political messages, Twitter broadcasts by a leading American law firm, and the Chinese state television’s American division. The effort is designed to make the Chinese tech giant look like the solution to all the world’s problems just as the West’s economies have come to a screeching halt. Huawei ran ads in March on Facebook that predicted a global cyber crisis that could become just as severe or “maybe even worse” than the financial crisis of 2008. The ad encouraged people to “#TrustInTech #HuaweiNow.” Facebook removed the ad because it did not include a disclaimer that it was related to U.S. politics and because Huawei paid for the ad with a foreign currency. • Full story on our website #news #hauwei #china #trade #economics #markets #technologies #commerce #covid
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