Statement of Dr. Michael Carome, Director, Public Citizen’s Health Research Group
Note: Facing withering criticism for his administration’s disastrous response to the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump once again dissembled at Monday night’s White House briefing when he falsely claimed that the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths per capita in the U.S. were “very low.”
Trump’s habitual disregard for the facts and his fantasies about his administration’s grossly negligent pandemic response pose an ongoing mortal danger to U.S. citizens.
The facts, again, remain Trump’s biggest albatross: The per capita numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths in the U.S. compared with other countries are very high.
Data compiled by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control reveal that among 204 countries and territories, the U.S. ranks 17th in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and 15th in the number of COVID-19 deaths per capita.
Similarly, among the 36 economically advanced countries comprising the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the U.S. ranks eighth in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and 11th in the number of COVID-19 deaths per capita.