"From what I'm reading the biggest potential problem is the number of people sick at the same time and a shortage of ventilators.
Considering it's likely been in the US since Nov being spread by people who were mildly ill, when all is said and done the morality rate may end up being lower than being reported.
Face it. Trump is on it when things are heating up. You can't just tell everyone to stop their daily routines until it reaches a certain point.
#9 | POSTED BY BILLJOHNSON AT 2020-03-17 12:56 PM | FLAG: "
I'm not sure that you are understanding what you are reading.
The biggest problem is that covid-19 is a killer, particularly for vulnerable groups. I don't think we have a handle on general mortality rates yet, but even the most optimistic assessment is that the rate is much higher than seasonal flu. The issue you identify is a separate problem, where people who would otherwise have survived, don't, because of a shortage of medical facilities. There is a third problem as well - that patients with non-covid-19 health issues that require the same medical resources die because of shortages.
Your assessment that "Trump is on it " is overly rose tinted in my opinion.
He may have gone from denying it was a problem and over estimating how quickly the virus would dissipate to saying at least some of the right things, but that does not make him "on it" in my book. His underlying motivation is all wrong. He cares only for his re-election chances and as a secondary issue to this, the level of the stock market. The actual welfare of the American people for their own sakes is not high on his priorities. Consequently, any action and the timing of those actions, is assessed first and foremost in the context of his first priority - re-election and not what should be his first priority - the welfare of his citizens.
There may be a time to come when the actions required to be taken - e.g. limiting civil liberties for the benefit of all - could be very unpopular in the run up to an election. This would be the acid test for Trump. Would he do the right thing, knowing it will hurt his chances of re-election, or will be chose the self-centered path?