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Sunday, June 28, 2020

As Americans bought precious time trying to keep the virus at bay [by enduring the hardships of a shutdown], experts advised that states urgently needed to establish a robust system for tracking and containing any new cases " through testing, monitoring and contact tracing. With no clear message from the top, states went their own ways. A number of them failed to use the shutdown to fully prepare to reopen in a careful manner.

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There was "real hubris" on the part of public health officials at the very start, Dr. Schaffner said, that the United States could lock down and contain the virus as China had. That futile hope helped create an unrealistic expectation that the shutdown, while intense, would not be for long, and that when it was lifted life would return to normal.

That expectation was reinforced by President Trump, who has downplayed the severity of the crisis, refused to wear a mask and began calling for states to open even as the virus was surging. A lack of federal leadership also meant that states lacked a unified approach.

Just as the country needed to stay shut down longer, many states " mostly with Republican governors " took their foot off the brake, and Mr. Trump cheered them on. In early May, when more than half of U.S. states had begun reopening parts of their economies, most failed to meet the nonbinding criteria recommended by the Trump administration itself to resume business and social activities.

This is nothing that many here have realized since February - something horribly and tragically ignored by Trump and his administration's failure to take command from the top, shirking off his responsibilities onto the 50 states - each acting independently or some in loose coordinations.

America could have reopened sensibly and much more safely if the proven mitigation strategies were put in place through the coordination of the federal government. But now we have this: the roller coaster rise and fall of infections (and deaths) and a nation who believes that personal protective methods are in actuality partisan political statements. Sacre' bleu....

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-06-27 07:56 PM | Reply

The underlying, strategic problem here in the United States, in a nutshell, is that Pres Trump chose to focus on a political and economic solution to a health problem.

In doing so, he did not address the root problem.

Instead, he trivialized the root problem in favor of proffering band-aids for symptoms.

As a result, the infection still rages, even though the failed attempt to hide it via band-aids continues.

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-06-27 10:02 PM | Reply

Dude's a criminal. They squandered the two month lockdown on infantile posturing, and quack pronouncements about ineffective "cures", that killed people. He recommended drinking bleach and Lysol at one point.

A real federal response that was even remotely effective could have saved many lives and prevented much economic damage.

Trump was totally incompetent and everyone sort of knows it.

He will rightfully be a one term president.


I hope his next term is a prison term.

#3 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-06-28 10:33 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

F2ck you Trump for all the pain and suffering you've caused small businesses while you and your rich friends got fat off government bail out funds.

#4 | Posted by Tor at 2020-06-28 04:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

All that economic woe for nothing.

Because Republicans are so anti-science they flat out refuse to listen to anybody more knowledgeable than them.

#5 | Posted by jpw at 2020-06-28 05:03 PM | Reply

We who are intelligent now have to make ourselves numb to the pain and suffering of those we don't know and don't live near.

Such is the anguish Trump has brought that this is the only way we will stay sane.

#6 | Posted by Tor at 2020-06-28 05:15 PM | Reply

It was clear when they shutdown, they did not have the political stones to help ordinary Americans through this pandemic. A pittance $1200 one time payment while millionaires and billionaires got PPP loans that do not have to be used to pay salaries despite the name of the program being paycheck protections. Throw in tax law changes that will allow millionaires to pockets millions in tax savings.

Once the GOP got what it wanted for it's fat cat donors, the spigot was shut off and people were left to fend for themselves with broken down unemployment systems that in some instances were DESIGNED by the GOP to deny benefits. People were left high and dry with only massive food lines that took hours to get to the front and all the food is gone. The result could be easily predicted that people would protest for re-opening.

Throw in the Trump crime syndicate selling test kits they KNEW would give false negatives so they could push the re-opening.

The CDC published guidelines for safe re-opening and Fat Nixon let the states just do what they want and full re-open even though they did not meet the CDC guidelines to do so.

Now it is a ---- show. Intentional negligence. Was the hope that it would magically all work out the "wait and see" apporach he uses for eveything? He just wanted to rush back to campaigning and golfing.

Corrupt.
Lazy.
Incompetent.

Worst. President. Ever.

#7 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-06-29 11:07 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#8 - Making the deaths of innocent Americans a divisive issue for no reason is tantamount to dancing on their graves - for SHAME!

#9 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2020-06-29 12:09 PM | Reply

Especially in the BLUE states! 81% of all Covid Deaths

#8 | POSTED BY MAVERICK

100% of those deaths were Americans.

The virus is color blind you idiot.

The virus doesn't care if you believe the moon is made of cheese.

Please.

Stop being idiots.

#10 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-06-29 12:19 PM | Reply

After Asking for Sacrifice, Leaders Fail to Control Virus
Especially in the BLUE states! 81% of all Covid Deaths

#8 | POSTED BY MAVERICK

Funny you mention that... Blue States took controlling COVID-19 seriously after the outbreak despite the huge lag and weak Federal Response.

Now Blue States are seeing declining infections while Red States are seeing exploding infection rates. Five-fold increase in Florida alone. Houston's ICUs are full. Dallas has some full ICUs.

Sorry, you were pretending to make a point?

#11 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-06-29 12:51 PM | Reply

Here in Okiehomie, our Governor Stitt cannot get out of his pie pole the words "wear a mask". His comments come off more like 'Look both ways when you cross the street' and 'Don't take candy from a stranger'. Meanwhile, more Sooners are getting sick. I guess they want to become Laters...

#12 | Posted by catdog at 2020-06-29 01:01 PM | Reply

It was pretty pathetic watching Mike Pence and Texas Governor Greg Abbott during a press conference on Saturday. Totally fawning over each other with "thank you for your great leadership", "thank you for taking quick action"... as if new cases weren't going sky high throughout the US and Texas.

#13 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2020-06-29 03:07 PM | Reply

It was pretty pathetic watching Mike Pence and Texas Governor Greg Abbott during a press conference on Saturday. Totally fawning over each other with "thank you for your great leadership", "thank you for taking quick action"... as if new cases weren't going sky high throughout the US and Texas.

#13 | POSTED BY DEREK_WILDSTAR

Yep!

Houston ICUs are full and now refusing to report any more information.

Some of the Dallas ICUs are also full now.

#GreatLeadership

#14 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-06-29 03:31 PM | Reply

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