The Week reports that according to White House sources that have spoken on anonymity, some White House officials hope that Americans will get used to COVID-19 and “live with” it being a threat.
The Washington Post, which was in contact with these sources, wrote,
White House officials… hope Americans will grow numb to the escalating death toll and learn to accept tens of thousands of new cases a day, according to three people familiar with the White House’s thinking, who requested anonymity to reveal internal deliberations.
- One senior administration official said that Americans will “live with the virus being a threat.”
- And a former administration who is in touch with the campaign told the Post, “They’re of the belief that people will get over it or if we stop highlighting it, the base will move on and the public will learn to accept 50,000 to 100,000 new cases a day.”
- Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recently said that the United States could soon reach 100,000 confirmed new cases daily. He also warned that the death toll could become “very disturbing.”
- As of July 13, the United States has reported over 130,000 COVID-19 deaths, and it continues to set records for new daily case counts.
- NBC News reports similar White House activity and states that officials are preparing a message on COVID-19 asserting that the country must “learn to live with it.”