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The World Health Organization’s Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus shared random one worded messages on Twitter throughout the day on Wednesday amid increased U.S. scrutiny of his organization.
On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced a halt in funding of the WHO over its alleged mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.
“They told us when we put on our travel bans, a very strong travel ban, there was no need to do it, don’t do it. They actually fought us,” Trump said at Tuesday’s briefing.
He added, “The WHO’s reliance on China’s disclosures likely caused a 20-fold increase in cases worldwide and it may be much more than that. You look all over the world, tremendous death and economic devastation because those tasked with protecting us by being truthful and transparent refused to do so.”
The WHO leader responded to Trump at his Wednesday briefing saying the WHO ‘regrets’ the decision. In addition to his formal remarks, Dr. Tedros took to Twitter to share random words including “Solidarity.” “Humanity.” “Unity.” “Love.” “Stronger Together!”
By Daniel Payne
April 18, 2020 - 6:14pm
President Trump on Saturday evening made several impromptu interruptions of his own coronavirus press conference to underscore the significantly low COVID-19 mortality rates declared by China and Iran, suggesting to reporters that the statistics have been falsified by the two countries.
The president twice stepped in while Coronavirus Task Force Response Coordinator Deborah Birx was speaking to reporters, calling their attention to a slide she had presented on the coronavirus mortality rates of several countries. The slide listed China's rate at 0.33 deaths per 100,000 citizens, with Iran's at 6.06. Both were markedly lower than the United States, France, the U.K., and other countries
"Excuse me, does anybody really believe this number?" the president said at one point, pointing to China's position on the list.
"I put China on there so you could see how basically unrealistic this could be," Birx told reporters, noting that the "highly developed healthcare delivery systems" of numerous European countries are listing fatality rates much higher than China, the origin and for several brutal weeks the epicenter of the pandemic.
Trump shortly thereafter called attention to Iran's reported fatality rate. "You see what's going on here," he told reporters.
U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that China significantly underreported the extent and death rate of the outbreak in that country. The country's government this week revised the number of deaths in Wuhan up by 50 percent, citing a further review of the death toll in that region.
Americans are being prescribed significantly more anti-anxiety and anti-depression medication compared to before the coronavirus outbreak began, a sign that the country's restrictions and economic shutdowns, as well as fear over contracting the disease itself, has begun to take its toll on peoples' mental health.
A study released on Friday from Express Scripts, a pharmacy benefit management organization, states that anti-anxiety prescriptions here have skyrocketed over 34 percent since the pandemic arrived in the United States. Antidepressants were up nearly 19 percent, while anti-insomnia drugs jumped almost 15 percent.
The spike at least temporarily reverses half a decade's worth of declining psychotropic use in the country. Anti-anxiety medication use had dropped 12 percent from 2015, while anti-insomnia prescriptions had fallen by a similar amount.
The high numbers reflect the myriad significant concerns faced by millions of Americans over the past several weeks, chief among them a loss of income stemming from the pandemic. A record 22 million Americans have filed for unemployment in less than a month, the spiraling numbers reflecting the rolling economic shutdowns that nearly every American state has enacted to slow the coronavirus's spread.
Though the virus and its symptoms have dominated the news cycle for months, a third of Americans in a recent Just the News Daily Poll say that loss of income tops their list of worries during the outbreak. Boredom, isolation and fear of running out of supplies topped the list. Just 4 percent of respondents said health concerns weighed most heavily on their minds.
Studies have indicated that prescriptions for antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications usually go up during recessions.