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Tuesday, April 07, 2020

David Wallace-Wells: That there is no coherent federal plan to deal with the outbreak as it currently stands is horrifying enough -- an absolute evacuation of presidential leadership that has already cost thousands of lives and will likely cost tens of thousands more. But the fact that there is also no planning to speak of for how we might leave behind the present crisis means all we can see looking forward from the darkness -- is more darkness.



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But the bigger question isn't how long our shutdown will last; it's what will follow it. In theory, lockdowns of the kind that are now in place in much of the country are designed to contain an outbreak before it gets out of control " this is why China instituted its shutdown in January. But even relatively modest spread of a disease requires more than simple lockdown; it requires an aggressive program to identify those infected, isolate them, and monitor those they may have come into contact with, to be sure those people aren't themselves spreading the disease. This is the "test and trace" method of pandemic containment; among public-health experts, it is the ideal. But in the U.S., and indeed throughout Europe, as well, the pandemic has progressed much too far for this approach to work. And so " again, in theory " the current lockdowns could provide another opportunity, as well: buying the country time to ramp up a comprehensive testing regimen. We would shelter in place until such a program was ready to go, then reenter "normal" life through that portal of medical surveillance. This program would be a dramatic change to American life " obligatory temperature checks, intrusive testing, and mandatory isolation in quarantine camps for anyone who'd even come into contact with a positive case " but it is the fastest path out of our current predicament. Beyond Twitter, the periodic suggestion from Trump's executive pals that we should "reopen" the economy, and a few op-ed pages sketching out vague pathways, there is no sign of any real plan to do it at any level of government.
If you think that it's the wrong time for looking back at how we got to where we are, then how about focusing on where we're going to instead?

Wouldn't it be nice to hear the President spend more time talking about how we're going to restart our society and what that process is going to look like once the health crisis subsides instead of him ranting and spitting bile about one of his own IGs properly doing her job in pointing out governmental failures so that lifesaving corrective actions will be taken to fix the problems?

Actually, both of those pressing subjects (not the IG) need immediate and intensive thought, planning and action with the right amount of flexibility for the inevitable uncontrollables sure to pop up. Our future rides on such decisions.

But I guess this is not our current President's priority. So we'll bounce from one daily news cycle to the next until we arrive wherever that day finds us, likely unprepared and grasping for substance out of thin air. Truly shucks to be us these days.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-04-06 09:17 PM | Reply

From about a week or so ago, and it seems we still have no plan...

Coronavirus: Is it too much to ask for an actual plan?

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-04-06 09:55 PM | Reply

From back in February, and still no plan...

Trump Says Virus 'Under Control' While US Grapples with Plan

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-04-06 09:57 PM | Reply

Actually I am beginning to think there is a Plan.

It has to do with the Thanos theory.

Trump/Thanos 2020!

#4 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-04-06 10:19 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Remember Kellyanne?

"The virus is being contained! You don't believe the virus is being contained?"

#5 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-04-06 10:21 PM | Reply

Last week, Helen Branswell of Stat news reported that public-health experts in the U.S. are increasingly worried that the public is underestimating how long the coronavirus "disruptions" are going to last " with many Americans assuming a sort of national reopening will begin in early May and most public-health experts expecting at least a month beyond that. Possibly more, even considerably more.


This doesn't surprise me. That's about as far forward thinking as most people are.

All pandemics in the last 100 years or so went through at least two cycles in the spring and fall.

The last pandemic of this type that was a novel virus without vaccine intervention possible was 1918 influenza which went through multiple cycles (waves) over two years.

Think about that graph and why May is a pipe dream and why October-November could get really ---- interesting.

#6 | Posted by jpw at 2020-04-07 01:05 AM | Reply

@#5 ... Remember Kellyanne?

I remember her well.

Back during the 2016 campaign, before she was associated with then candidate Trump, she was a very frequent guest on BloombergTV's show "With All Due Respect."

Based upon the comments on that show I determined that she seemed to live in an alternative universe.

In other words, like AG Barr, I (in hindsight) suspect that she was looking for a position in a Trump administration and tried to blow smoke up candidate Trump's derrire any and every chance she could.

So, long story short (probably too late for that), I am not surprised with what she has been saying.

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-04-07 01:12 AM | Reply

for a vaccine, which may take a year or more, though tests are already underway (no vaccine for any coronavirus has ever been created, and 18 months would mark the fastest production of any vaccine of any kind in medical history)

Not true.

No coronavirus vaccine has ever been approved for use in humans.

Experimental vaccines were developed for SARS and MERS and there's a decent amount of pre-clinical literature on the topic, so we're not flying completely blind.

And there's at least one veterinary vaccine for a coronavirus, avian infectious bronchitis virus.

#8 | Posted by jpw at 2020-04-07 01:43 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Actually I am beginning to think there is a Plan.
It has to do with the Thanos theory.
Trump/Thanos 2020!


Trump killing off tens of thousands of his own supporters?

That's a bold move Cotton. Lets see if it pays off for him.

#9 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-04-07 02:20 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"At this point, what difference does it make?"


#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-07 02:29 PM | Reply

Of course there will is no plan for the end. If they end it then conservatives can't continue to profit off the huge slush funds.

#11 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2020-04-07 02:42 PM | Reply

There is a plan, we just aren't privvy to it. It bascially consists of stealing all the money as fast as possible. It's a Trump tradition. He told you all about it years ago. NY contractors explained it to you but you wouldn't listen.

#12 | Posted by danni at 2020-04-07 02:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Wuhan's lockdown officially ends after 11 weeks
Well, at least we'll have a template of what and perhaps what not to do as we watch this play out in Wuhan.

#13 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-04-07 03:00 PM | Reply

Trump always has a plan. His name is Jared.

#14 | Posted by Corky at 2020-04-07 03:11 PM | Reply

I'm going to digress here a bit to point out the opportunity we have as a society once we emerge from the pandemic. Ecosystems are healing, the air is clearing up, the flaws of corporatism have been brought to the forefront. The pandemic is tragic, but our emergence could set the stage for meaningful progression as a society. You may say I'm a dreamer and all that.

#15 | Posted by horstngraben at 2020-04-07 03:26 PM | Reply

- meaningful progression as a society

Andrew Yang said he should maybe have been campaigning on the coming pandemic rather than the coming automation. Either way, he's looking pretty smart mow.

#16 | Posted by Corky at 2020-04-07 03:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


Agreed. It is unfortunate that quantitative minded people like Yang don't resonate more with the public.

#17 | Posted by horstngraben at 2020-04-07 04:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#17 I see what you're saying but it's not his mind. It's Yang's lack of experience in politics that doesn't resonate for me.

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-07 04:07 PM | Reply

I like him for Sec of Gettin' Stuff Done.

#19 | Posted by Corky at 2020-04-07 04:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Experience is overrated look at Hillary. All bad experience. Then there's Trump. No experience, he's "da man".Obama, no experience. What's so great about experience? We need vision, not necessarily experience.

#20 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-04-07 05:48 PM | Reply

In recent days, the White House coronavirus task force has begun debating what a national testing strategy would look like, according to several senior administration officials. Leading that effort are Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, and Brett P. Giroir, the assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services.

At a Monday task force meeting, according to a participant who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, Birx and Giroir debated where to send the newest coronavirus tests " a version produced by Abbott Laboratories that can deliver results on-site in as little as five minutes, as opposed to tests that can take hours and must be processed by a laboratory.

One senior administration official said the government hopes to devise recommendations for different populations in rural, suburban and urban areas. Officials also plan to pick different spots in the country to collect data so they can be better prepared to respond in the fall, when the virus could make a return.

Well, at least they've started a conversation that should have begun in January. Welcome to Trumplandia - Hope you survive your stay.

#21 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-04-07 07:27 PM | Reply

"Trump killing off tens of thousands of his own supporters?"

Doesn't matter how many die.

Only if you come out on top of the pack.

The people on top now will stay on top after.

It's just a smaller more manageable stack and more stuff to go around for everyone!

Dead people don't need stuff. Means more stuff for me!

Thanos Theory

#22 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-04-08 11:00 AM | Reply

There's so many crazy people on this website

#23 | Posted by jamesgelliott at 2020-04-08 06:25 PM | Reply

There's so many crazy people on this website

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#24 | Posted by Zed at 2020-04-08 06:33 PM | Reply

How is James G Elliott's post history only one page? Is this a different account with the same name?

#25 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-08 06:40 PM | Reply


Takes one to know one.

Or at least that's what I've heard people are saying....

#26 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-04-08 06:49 PM | Reply

#25 posting history ages off after awhile

#27 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-04-08 07:08 PM | Reply

Trump's only plans are to STEAL as much of
the bailout and recovery $$ that he can...

Then, he and Bitch McConnell will say they
have to GUT the rest of the Social Safety Net,
including Social Security to pay for the gaping

The Poor and Middle Class Right need to
WAKE THE HELL UP and realize they are being
used and set up!

#28 | Posted by earthmuse at 2020-04-08 07:43 PM | Reply

I disagree. There is a GOnP/Trump plan.
Lie, cheat, and steal.

#29 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-04-08 09:38 PM | Reply


I'm tired and sad. That's not your problem, obviously. The Middle Class in the US is only concerned with making the next mortgage payment, putting food on the table this week, and making sure they can stream Netflix. That may be a bit harsh, but from what I can gather that's largely the case. You're yelling at a bunch of people facing away from you with their eyes locked on a smart phone and air buds in their ears. Most of them wont bother to vote in any election - local or national. I don't have an answer to the problem, which is one of the reasons I'm so damn tired. And sad. However, depression 2020! Yay!

#30 | Posted by Ilya_Koslov at 2020-04-09 12:07 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

We want stuff cheap. Like artificially cheap.
We're willing to pay. Just not too much.
Cheap on the front end. Costly on the back end.

Nobody lives within their means. That's so boring and constrained. I need to be me.NOW.

I can't wait, I deserve it.

#31 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-04-09 01:06 AM | Reply

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