The Coronavirus is Spreading Out of Control

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

I can't help but feel like this will be Trump's final fuck-you to the nation.

The United States recorded over 90,000 coronavirus infections yesterday; a new record that easily surpasses the old record we set last week. We also accorded over 900 deaths which is actually slightly lower than we saw in a few recent days.

From NBC News:

More than 30 states reported more than 1,000 cases.

It was the first time the U.S. has crossed 90,000 cases in one day, almost 10,000 more than the previous high of 80,662 cases, which was set just a day before on Wednesday.

The record, of 90,456, also came after the U.S. logged 9 million Covid-19 cases, only hours after reporting a single-day record crossing 80,000 cases for the first time.

The U.S. recorded 982 deaths on Thursday, leading the world death toll with nearly 230,000 deaths, according to the John Hopkins University Covid-19 dashboard.

I don't enjoy being alarmist and I actively avoid it whenever I can, but I don't see how this gets better and it's easy to see how it could get much worse.

Even while he's fighting for reelection, Trump has decided this isn't a big deal. And with that in mind, how much less will he care when he's on his way out?

Death is a lagging indicator, as you know, and the more than 900 people who died yesterday were actually infected earlier this month. People who are being infected right now will die sometime next month. We're approaching 100,000 infections per day and deaths are going to start piling up very high a few weeks before Christmas with no current sign of ebbing.

Deaths may be falling as a percentage of infections (this isn't very clear) but even so we're approaching such a high volume of cases we're still going to see many deaths in any case. Hospitals are also filling up and that will contribute to additional deaths for other conditions aside from the coronavirus.

If Trump is reelected, the most dire predictions that up to 600,000 could die within the next year may come true. The vast majority of our deaths have been preventable and that will be true of the deaths still coming.

  • Draxiar

    Hypothetically speaking, let’s say Biden wins (fingers crossed). Day one he institutes a national mask wearing mandate in a way that it can’t be challenged in court. Masks are made available to anyone who needs one and if not worn under various conditions is punishable by fine enforced by local police (assuming they follow orders). Would all these MAGAs still “Back the Blue”? I’m thinking not.

    • muselet


      Righties support the police only when Those People (however defined) get targeted. Besides which, a lot of cops would refuse to enforce such a tyrannical act as making people stop spreading a deadly disease.

      It’s a nice dream, though.


  • muselet

    As ever, I wonder if Donald Trump is unable to understand the nature of an infectious disease or if he literally doesn’t care about anyone other than himself and his spawn. With any luck, I’ll stop having to wonder about such things on January 20.

    230,000 dead Americans, and counting.


    • Nefercat

      Other people aren’t real to trump. They are tools that can be used to get him whatever he wants, but I am 100% sure that he can’t grasp that other individuals exist as separate people in their own right. He can torment them, con them, bully them, humiliate them etc., all to satisfy whatever mood he’s in at the moment.

      Also he can’t grasp the nature of infectious diseases, how science works, or anything else really.