Coronavirus

“I always say, even without it, it goes away”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump held a brief ceremony in the Rose Garden outside the White House this afternoon where he signed a token, unenforceable executive order on "police reform" that doesn't actually do anything, but he also used the occasion to ramble about the coronavirus.

Trump casually said we'll have a vaccine by the end of the year but, even if we don't, the coronavirus pandemic will still magically disappear without a vaccine.

Trump also referenced the existence of an AIDS vaccine which does not exist.

Of the scientists, he said: “They’ve come up with things. They’ve come up with many other cures and therapeutics over the years. These are the people, the best, the smartest, the most brilliant anywhere. They’ve come up with the AIDS vaccine.” [...]

Outside of his erroneous claims about an AIDS vaccine, Trump once again said that the coronavirus will eventually go away if a vaccine does not get developed.

“I always say, even without it, it goes away. But if we had the vaccine ― and we will ― if we had therapeutic or cure, one thing sort of blends into the other. It will be a fantastic day and I think that’s going to happen. And it’s going to happen very soon,” he rambled.

It's perfect -- in a chef's kiss kind of way -- that Trump would reference one non-existent vaccine while saying the coronavirus will vanish without one because that is why HIV and AIDS are still a thing decades after it was first discovered. About 37 years after AIDS was found in the United States, there's still no vaccine. It did not disappear without one. Infectious diseases and viruses do not just disappear.

And speaking of the virus not magically disappearing -- the city of Miami, Florida is now hitting the pause button on their plans to reopen because Florida has just set a new daily record for new infections.

Miami, among Florida's most populous cities, won't move into the next phase of reopening because of concern over rising COVID-19 cases, Mayor Francis Suarez announced at a Monday news conference. [...]

“If we continue on this trajectory, we are going to be put in the position where we have to make tough choices,” Suarez said, noting that there had been an uptick in infections among people ages 18 to 35.

In China, where they more or less conquered the virus earlier this year, they're shutting down all schools and sports in the capital of Beijng because the virus is back.

The spate of new cases prompted officials in many parts of the city to swiftly bring back tough counter-epidemic measures, with at least three districts entering "war-time mode."

Measures imposed included erecting round-the-clock security checkpoints, closing schools and sports venues, and reinstating temperature checks at malls, supermarkets and office buildings.

Given that most of what Trump says is the exact opposite of what happens, one may infer that's he's actually saying there will be no vaccine this year and the virus won't disappear.

You could be generous and say Trump was implying that we'll eventually have herd immunity because the virus will infect virtually everyone at some point, but that does not translate to the virus disappearing. It would still live within our bodies, we'd simply have some level of immunity to it.

But Trump is not that smart, so there's no reason to be generous.

We'll reach 120,000 COVID19 deaths in the next day or two.

  • simpfan

    Every Trump quote should finish with “he rambled”.

  • muselet

    Magical thinking is never pretty, especially so when it puts lives at risk.

    Sars-CoV-2 will not simply “go away.” A safe and effective vaccine would greatly reduce the infection rate but the virus would still infect unvaccinated individuals and people with wonky immune systems. Sure, it could be eradicated in the wild, as smallpox was, but that would require an expensive, multi-decade, global effort.

    Since that is unlikely to happen, we need to think in terms of mitigation. If everyone—even camo-clad bell-ends and oddly-complected narcissists—wore face coverings in public for a month, the transmission rate would plummet and therefore the number of new cases—and the number of deaths—would plummet. A small outbreak is easier to deal with than a large one, after all. After that month, normal life could resume, albeit somewhat cautiously.

    Unfortunately, those camo-clad bell-ends and oddly-complected narcissists consider face coverings unacceptable, so sane people have to take more extreme precautions than would otherwise be necessary while the number of new cases drifts slowly downward, at least until the second wave outbreak begins.

    I really do hate this timeline.

    –alopecia

  • katanahamon

    It’s..beyond infuriating that a bumbling, bungling a**hole can demonstrate age related dysfunction, then lie, lie, lie again, lie some more, outrageously lie, continue to lie, repeatedly lie, etc etc etc etc, and not be removed from our highest political office. Meanwhile, Fox has ppl saying outrageously racist lies on air, nothing is done, the whole situation is pretty depressing. Then I see some in the GOP expect Rump to win in a “landslide.” Maybe they know something we don’t, as in, they’re going to fix the numbers to make it so. How can we allow Rump to appear in public without the press excoriating, accusing, blaming, oh jeez..remotely making him look the fool he is? This makes the Emperor’s New Clothes need some sort of exponential multiplier. The economy was headed into the tank before Covid, don’t believe the ppl saying that’s the sole reason, there’s that, the pandemic, there’s racial unrest unprecedented in recent history, open Republican corruption also on a scale we’ve never seen before, yet they’re still running this guy as their candidate? A man that can’t drink from a cup without the aid of both hands? Now we even have right wingers openly shooting protestors..the civil war preppers wet dreams coming true. If he gets re-elected, we know for sure they’re cheating. Yeah..and it’s only Tuesday..