Can we point to a certain day when this pandemic had its start?
Some say no…..others say yes….and still others have a particular day in mind…..29Feb20
The first COVID-19 death in the US was reported on Feb. 29. There was a coronavirus briefing at the White House that day, and Rolling Stone has identified it as a critical moment when the US response could have gone in a different, lifesaving direction—the instant when the tennis ball was frozen atop the net and might fall onto either side. “How should Americans prepare for this virus?” a reporter asked President Trump. “Should they go on with their daily lives? Change their routine? What should they do?” The president turned the microphone over to Dr. Robert Redfield, and the CDC director gave a reassuring answer that he already knew wasn’t the whole story. “The risk at this time is low,” Redfield said. “The American public needs to go on with their normal lives.”
President Trump said similar things that day. “If you are healthy, you will probably go through a process and you’ll be fine,” he told the briefing. It was a bad time for reassuring messages. Imperial College researchers in London estimate that shutting the nation down by March 2 could have prevented 90 percent of US deaths. The Coronavirus Task Force had planned to recommend school and business closings on Feb. 24, per Rolling Stone, but dropped the idea after Trump became angry about the effects on the economy. Redfield instead stuck to the “aggressive containment” policy, and a critical moment passed. Travelers to the US infected others once they were here. “If you’ve got a community spreading respiratory virus, it’s not going to be containable,” one expert said. “You have to shift to mitigation right away.”
No matter which day it was or which month it was…..the fact is that the whole pandemic has been mishandled 82,000 Americans are dead…..of which not all had to perish.
And yet a certain percentage of the nation still trust Donald the Orange to do the right thing……personally I think they are delusional fools.
And because they trust the President….the incidents of “accidental” poisonings has risen…
Data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) first reported by Time on Tuesday found that the number of calls to poison control hotlines regarding accidental poisoning from household cleaners and disinfectants surged over the past two months, nearly doubling the number of cases reported in March 2019 and more than doubling April 2019’s total case numbers.
Some 3,401 Americans reported cases of accidental poisonings from household disinfectants in March, and 3,609 did so in April. Usually, the number sits between 1,600-1,700. The first week of May looks to be little better, with 966 cases reported between May 1 and May 10, compared to just 573 cases reported in the same time frame last year.
I believe the use of the term “accidental” by The Hill is a prime example of literary license…..they know why it went up and it was NO ACCIDENT!
One final thought….
Since the insanity of opening up the economy that pushes people to go out public……the incidents have risen……(go figure)……
“You know, the numbers are coming down very rapidly all throughout the country, by the way,” Trump declared at a Monday news conference. “There may be one exception, but all throughout the country, the numbers are coming down rapidly.”
This is, of course, not true. Though cases are decreasing in 14 states, they are rising in nine states, according to The New York Times. A lack of widespread testing in 27 other states, plus Washington and Puerto Rico, suggests that cases in those areas are being undercounted.
But a leaked coronavirus task force report obtained by NBC News shows that some parts of the country — rural counties in Tennessee and Kansas — have seen cases balloon by more than 1,000% in a matter of one week. Other counties in Missouri, Nebraska, Minnesota and Wisconsin saw increases of more than 400%.
Yeah there was a good idea…..
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