Thursday, April 30, 2020

The Trump Regime Still Doesn't Understand How To Flatten The Curve-- Or Doesn't Want To Understand


Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin have been ticking up among people who were forced by the Republican Party to take part in an in-person primary election on April 7. The state's cases per million goes up everyday and shot up beyond 1,000 cases per million in the population. As of yesterday, there were 6,520 confirmed cases, up 231 since Tuesday. The rate per million increased from 1,088 to 1,128. On Monday Politico reported that at least 36 Wisconsin voters and poll workers had been infected. Yesterday that number was 52-- in-person voters and poll workers according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. They should join in a class action law suit against the Wisconsin Republican Party.

Like his father-in-law, Jared Kushner is lying his ass off about testing, as he did on Fox and Friends yesterday, where he also claimed that much of the country could be "back to normal" by June. "We’re on the other side of the medical aspect of this. The federal government rose to the challenge, and this is a great success story... I think what you’ll see in May as the states are reopening now is May will be a transition month, you’ll see a lot of states starting to phase in the different reopening based on the safety guidelines that President Trump outlined on April 19. I think you’ll see by June that a lot of the country should be back to normal, and the hope is that by July the country’s really rocking again." Rocking? Like Hootie and the Blowfish? Nickelback? Hanson? That kind of rocking?

In early February, another clueless Trumpist, coke-fiend Larry Kudlow, Trump's top economic advisor, was on Fox mansplaining the pandemic to the viewers: "The impact on the American economy will be very, very, very small, if any… We really haven’t seen any economic impact. There may be some out there. Our own internal numbers say maybe two-tenths of a percent in the first quarter, but that’s not going to end this growth cycle." The growth cycle was Obama's 11 year economic expansion-- which Trump's incompetence, dysfunction and greed, as well as his agenda, have finally killed off, producing the deepest recession in almost a century.

As far as tests per million in their populations, forget Kushner-in-law's blatant, shameless lies-- here are 20 countries doing a better job at this than the dishonest and unscrupulous Trump regime:
Iceland- 139,411
UAE- 113,443
Kuwait- 41,915
Portugal- 37,223
Israel- 36,177
Qatar- 31,730
Italy- 31,603
Norway- 31,197
Ireland- 31,179
Denmark- 31,087
Spain- 30,253
Switzerland- 30,100
Austria- 27,509
Germany- 24,738
Singapore- 24,600
Russia- 22,630
Czechia- 21,943
Australia- 21,350
Canada- 19,999
Belgium- 19,563
Trumpistan- 18,154

Time Magazine noted the response from Admiral Brett Giroir, Trump's own assistant secretary of health who is in charge of the government’s testing response: "There is absolutely no way on Earth, on this planet or any other planet, that we can do 20 million tests a day, or even five million tests a day."

Trump insists on the kind of false happy-talk from clowns like Kushner. And no doubt he was brooding over Giroir yesterday, as well as Anthony Fauci's assessment that a second round is inevitable. "If by that time we have put into place all of the countermeasures that you need to address this, we should do reasonably well. If we don't do that successfully, we could be in for a bad fall and a bad winter."
If states begin lifting restrictions too early, Fauci says he predicts the country could see a rebound of the virus that would "get us right back in the same boat that we were a few weeks ago," adding that the country could see many more deaths than are currently predicted.

So far, more than 1 million Americans have been infected and at least 58,355 60,495 have died. A leading model predicts more than 72,000 people will die in the US by early August.

The sobering numbers come as some states move to reopen despite warnings from federal health officials.

Being able to test for the virus, track cases and isolate every infected American will be key factors in ensuring that second wave isn't as deadly, Fauci says.

The US continues to lag behind in testing, according to a new report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The nation has performed 16.4 tests per 1,000 people, according to the report. Spain and Italy, with the second and third highest number of cases after the US, have conducted 22.3 and 29.7 tests per 1,000 people respectively.

I've been hearing about how airlines do not require passengers to where masks-- hard to believe but now confirmed in that same CNN report: "Since officials have now recommended Americans wear face masks in public to prevent further spread, some airlines say they'll provide the masks for passengers. American Airlines and United Airlines both said they'll be providing masks for passengers beginning in May. 'We are not mandating that passengers wear a mask however we strongly encourage travelers follow CDC guidance to wear a face covering when social distancing is difficult,' United Airlines spokesperson Nicole Carriere told CNN. 'By providing the masks, we're making it that much easier for them to do so.'" Why not just say, "no mask, no fly," the way airlines in normal countries do?

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At 6:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I see this, workers are seen as surplus. What better way to reduce the numbers of working class Americans than to force them to work unprotected from COVID-19 so that they die off and reduce the need for a social safety net?



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