CDC Director Clarifies Concerns Over Potential Second Wave Of Coronavirus

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President Trump claimed Robert Redfield was ‘totally misquoted,’ but Redfield said he was quoted accurately.

April 22, 2020
In its report Tuesday, titled “CDC director warns second wave of coronavirus is likely to be even more devastating,” the Post quoted Redfield as saying there’s “a possibility that the assault of the virus on our nation next winter will actually be even more difficult than the one we just went through.”
“When I’ve said this to others, they kind of put their head back, they don’t understand what I mean,” he continued, according to the Post. “We’re going to have the flu epidemic and the coronavirus epidemic at the same time.”
Several media outlets, including
, reported on the interview.
During the briefing, Trump dismissed the possibility of coronavirus reemerging next fall and winter.
“What we’ve just gone through, we will not go through. If they come together it’s not great, but we will not go through what we went through the last two months,” he said. “It may not come back at all, he’s talking about the worst case scenario. If it does come back, it’s not going to come back, it’s not going to be like it was.”
Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force’s response coordinator, offered a more measured assessment on the likelihood of a second wave of the virus.

“We don’t know [if the virus will reemerge],” Birx said. The great thing is we will be able to find it earlier this time. We’ll find those cases earlier. We would be able to stay in containment phase.”
Trump
tweeted
earlier Wednesday that CNN “totally misquoted” Redfield, in apparent reference to CNN’s story on The Washington Post interview.
During an appearance Wednesday on Fox News, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany accused the “mainstream media” of taking Redfield’s comments “out of context.”
“I was on the phone with him just before I walked out here,” McEnany said. “What he was trying to say was this: Everyone, get your flu shot. The flu comes back in the fall. Be smart, American people.”
“Leave it to CNN and some of the other networks to really take those comments out of context,” she added.
Kayleigh McEnany claims CNN and the other networks took Redfield’s comments out of context. She claims he was urging people to get their flu shots.

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