Coronavirus

“We are not going to control the pandemic”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Things escalated very quickly over the weekend with the United States setting a new all-time record high number of coronavirus infections with over 84,000 on Friday and almost 80,000 on Saturday. That compares to the previous record set back in July during the second surge of the virus.

The United States reported 79,852 new infections on Saturday, close to the previous day's record of 84,244 new cases. Hospitalizations are also rising and have hit a two-month high and deaths are trending upwards, according to a Reuters tally.

So far in October, 29 states have set records for increases in new cases, including five considered key in the Nov. 3 presidential election: Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Cases in the Midwest set a new record on Saturday and the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in that region hit an all-time high for the ninth day in a row.

We're at a point now where hospital systems are talking about ratinoning care -- again-- and either turning people away or pulling the plug if someone else has a greater chance of survival.

I have no doubt those decisions are going to have to be made in some cases because there's no sign that we're going to stop it and plenty of signs that we won't.

The Trump White House, for example, straight up says they're not even going to try. Trump's chief of staff Mark Meadows was very blunt during his appearance on CNN yesterday.

"We are not going to control the pandemic. We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigation areas," Meadows told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union." [...]

Pressed by Tapper on why the US isn't going to get the pandemic under control, Meadows said: "Because it is a contagious virus just like the flu." He added that the Trump administration is "making efforts to contain it."

All the therapeutics in the world will not change the fact that people are going to die because the political powers that be have decided it doesn't matter.

Trump took to Twitter this morning, as he usually does, and said reporting the number of new infections should be illegal.

If there is someone in your life who still hasn't decided to vote for Joe Biden, this might be the last, best chance to convince them.

Death is a lagging indicator and if 1 percent of the people infected on Friday die, that means about 800 people received a death sentence. Repeat that for every day.

  • Draxiar

    For a long time France got a ton of crap for ostensibly letting the Germans roll right into the country without a fight in Worlds War 2.

    Agent Orange has declared himself a wartime president with the virus as the enemy. He not only didn’t do anything he’s *actively* spreading it.

    So trump in this analogy would be effectively be handing out swastika armbands when France was invaded after saying they should fight.

    He actively killing the citizens of the country he swore to protect. He should be charged thusly.

  • muselet

    I’ll give Mark Meadows ten points for showing a surprising amount of honesty. This administration is absolutely “not going to control the pandemic,” because it has never tried to do so.

    However, I have to deduct several million points for his explanation. “Because it is a contagious virus just like the flu” doesn’t cut it. Sars-CoV-2 is just as contagious in New Zealand and Germany (and South Korea and and and), but they have managed to control their outbreaks.

    The sooner the Trump administration is gone and forgotten, the better.

    –alopecia

  • katanahamon

    Disgusting..shitheaded fucking liars. Pardon my language but I’ve really, really had it. We’ve gone so far around the bend, a president berating a 60 minutes interviewer and walking out like a coward doesn’t even make a ripple in the news cycle. The constant parade of absolute, bald faced lies and propaganda is so overtly unAmerican it boggles the mind. And yet, ppl will vote for this..the destruction of our economy, environment, our reputation. Wow..I never thought America would be in this situation. I’m glad that both my parents who served in WW2 aren’t alive to see this.

    • muselet

      Seconded.

      –alopecia