Emergency Leadership

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Rob Rogers)

In other news, the Dow closed down 1,400 points today, dropping below 24,000 and entering bear market territory ending a run that lasted from 2009 to today. Thanks Obama.

Meanwhile, layoffs connected to the coronavirus are starting to trickle in by the hundreds.

Finally, the NY Times tells the story of how doctors in Seattle had to break government regulations to detect the first cases of the coronavirus because officials wouldn't let them test.

In late January, the first confirmed American case of the coronavirus had landed in her area. Critical questions needed answers: Had the man infected anyone else? Was the deadly virus already lurking in other communities and spreading?

As luck would have it, Dr. Chu had a way to monitor the region. For months, as part of a research project into the flu, she and a team of researchers had been collecting nasal swabs from residents experiencing symptoms throughout the Puget Sound region.

To repurpose the tests for monitoring the coronavirus, they would need the support of state and federal officials. But nearly everywhere Dr. Chu turned, officials repeatedly rejected the idea, interviews and emails show, even as weeks crawled by and outbreaks emerged in countries outside of China, where the infection began.

By Feb. 25, Dr. Chu and her colleagues could not bear to wait any longer. They began performing coronavirus tests, without government approval.

What came back confirmed their worst fear. They quickly had a positive test from a local teenager with no recent travel history. The coronavirus had already established itself on American soil without anybody realizing it.

Programming note... I'm sick to my stomach today so I'm signing off a little early. I'm sure I'll be fine tomorrow.

  • MadJuana

    Take care of yourself, JM.

  • Draxiar

    I hope you feel better JM.

  • muselet

    Everyone responsible for delaying testing for Covid-19 in Washington state is partly responsible for any medical sequelae and deaths resulting from the virus. Donald Trump’s delicate ego is not as important as people’s lives. They didn’t do their jobs and as a result an opportunity to control the spread of the virus was lost. (And Dr Chu and her colleagues are heroes.)

    Feel better, Ashby.


    • Christopher Foxx

      Donald Trump’s delicate ego is not as important as people’s lives.

      Not according to everyone who works the White House and those doctors who stood with him during his press conference from the CDC.

  • Aynwrong

    Democrat in the White House: GOOD ECONOMY.
    Republican in the White House: BAD ECONOMY.

    See above.

    Those doctors are heroes.

    • mnpollio

      Well hell, even a die-hard conservative like Ben Stein had to admit publicly that the numbers indicated the country did better economically under Democratic leadership than conservative leadership. Since their big selling point is purportedly their “economics” you would think conservatives would view the numbers and course correct, but no. It is like water off a duck’s back. All the facts are there to show their social and economic viewpoints are bogus nonsense, but not a one of them will ever break ranks because it would impact them not keeping their filthy mega-loot and lording it over the rest of us peons. A lot of these people, like the family that perpetrates Walmart, have enough ill-gotten gains to see them comfortably through generations, but it is never enough for them and the fact that some working stiff might get a dime that they could otherwise suck up their insatiable asses is complete anathema to them.

  • gescove

    Be well, Ashby.

  • gescove

    I’m sick to my stomach with these Trump MFers, too. I don’t think I’ll feel better until after November 3, though. God forbid we suffer a relapse then.