How quickly the tides turn, but is anyone in the media willing to pay attention?
New York went from demanding that Trump send them 40,000 ventilators to now giving them away to other states.
President Trump was widely criticized by Democrats and media reporters for questioning whether or not New York actually needed 40,000 ventilators.
Though Governor Cuomo publicly predicted that the state would need that many ventilators, the model from University of Washington shows that fewer than 6,000 ventilators were needed on April 8.
That was the estimated peak of the pandemic in New York City.
Since then, the need for ventilators has decreased.
The daily number of deaths has stayed high, but the daily death rate is a lagging indicator up to two weeks behind the hospitalization and ventilator trends.
More details on this development below:
Democrats pre-emptively criticized President Trump for a "shortage" of ventilators.
However, everyone in New York who has needed a ventilator has been able to get one.
There has been no rationing of ventilators in the United States like their has been in other countries, including Italy.
The media even blamed Trump for a shortage of medical protective equipment such as face masks, but failed to report that the Obama administration depleted the national stockpile and failed to replace the items.
Politico confirms that New Jersey is one of the first states to receive ventilators from New York:
New York is sending 100 ventilators to New Jersey as the Garden State readies its hospitals for an anticipated peak in Covid-19 cases in the coming days.
“My deepest gratitude to [New York] Governor Andrew Cuomo,” Gov. Phil Murphy said today during his daily coronavirus briefing. “Neighbors look out for each other, and to Governor Cuomo, thank you and we will return the favor.”
The transfer, which was first announced by Cuomo earlier today, comes less than a week after New Jersey’s Department of Health issued guidance on how hospitals should allocate ventilators in the event health systems are overwhelmed by the number of patients requiring intubation.
Breitbart also reports that Michigan and Maryland will be states receiving ventilators that New York did not need or end up using:
Cuomo announced he would send 100 ventilators to Michigan and 50 ventilators to Maryland.
Cuomo spent weeks spreading the alarm that there might not be enough ventilators for New York, demanding that the federal government provide him 30,000 to 40,000 ventilators for his stockpile.
“You pick the 26,000 people who are going to die,” Cuomo said in a press conference in March, in a strong message to President Donald Trump and the federal government.
Trump was widely criticized for challenging the numbers in March, asserting in an interview that Cuomo probably did not need that many ventilators.
“I have a feeling that a lot of the numbers that are being said in some areas are just bigger than they’re going to be,” he said in an interview with Sean Hannity. “I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators.”
Recent Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) models showed that New York would need less than 6,000 ventilators even at the peak of the coronavirus infection. The net change in intubations in New York is now falling at a steady rate.
The federal government sent 4,000 ventilators to New York, but Cuomo still acquired another 1,000 ventilators from China and even deployed the National Guard to seize and redistribute ventilators in his state.
Rather than reporting on the actual need and usage of ventilators, the national media began a game of speculation.
The speculation was that the United States would run out of ventilators like Italy, but that never happened.
While that's good news, the damage to President Trump's reputation has been done.
President Trump acted quickly and decisively, yet Democrats and the mainstream media used speculation to criticize a president who has been ahead of both parties in regards to the pandemic.
As President of the United States, Trump has access to the best experts and models available.
President Trump questioned Cuomo's need for 40,000 ventilators not out of politics, but out of the data presented to him.
The president must make data-informed decisions.
The Blaze has more details on the president's correct assessment of the ventilator situation in the country:
President Donald Trump disagreed with Cuomo's estimate.
"I have a feeling that a lot of the numbers that are being said in some areas are just bigger than they're going to need," Trump said on Fox News on March 26. "I don't believe you need 40,000 or 30,000 ventilators. You know, you go to major hospitals, sometimes they have two ventilators. Now all of a sudden they're saying can we order 30,000 ventilators."
Cuomo came back the next day with an even larger request.
"All the predictions say you could have an apex needing 140,000 beds and about 40,000 ventilators," Cuomo said on March 27. "I don't have a crystal ball. Everybody's entitled to their own opinion, but I don't operate here on opinion. I operate on facts and on data and on numbers and on projections."
Ever-changing projections: The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation model from the University of Washington showed the peak ventilator need in New York as April 8, when fewer than 6,000 ventilators were estimated to be needed. Since then, the need has decreased.
The projected death count for COVID-19 has been consistently revised lower and lower.
This is due largely to the president's actions that have saved tens of thousands of American lives.
Now, the president is working with leaders in multiple industries as well as health care experts to put together a plan to reopen the U.S. economy as safely as possible.
Instead of undermining the president, who has been proven correct time and time again, perhaps our elected officials should work together to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.