The Secretary (Minister) of Health and Human Services,Alex Azar,warned the American president,Donald trump, of the risk of epidemic bycoronavirusweeks before the first response measures were taken.
Azar was informed in January by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Robert Redfield, of the danger of the virus, present then only in China.Azar moved the alert through the National Security Council,as reported by The Washington Post.
On January 18 he reported directly to Trumpduring a meeting at his Mar-a-Lago mansion in Florida, according to ‘The Washington Post’ and ‘The New York Times’. On January 30, he again warned Trump of the virus and told him that it could become a pandemic, according to ‘The New York Times’, which reports that Trump’s response was to tell Azar that he was being an alarmist.
The next dayTrump imposed restrictions on travel from China.It was eleven days after the first positive for coronavirus in the United States. It was not until March 13 that Trump declared a national emergency and recommendations on social distancing were published.
US authorities have already confirmed514,415 positive for coronavirus, which makes the country the main focus of the pandemic. In addition, there have already been 19,882 deaths, which already exceeds Italy and is the first country in fatal victims of the new disease.