Wednesday, September 23, 2020

COVID-19 - the good, and,, and ugly

The Washington Post has a daily brief on developments concerning our battle against COVID–19. The deaths in the U. S. now number in excess of 201,000.

Here I nominate some reports for the good, bad, and downright ugly.

The Good - scientists do their thing

It’s not the deep state - it’s called science. That’s why your kids don’t get polio or measles. Get it?

Scientists are trying frantically to understand how and why the coronavirus may be airborne. Many experts believe it is, and point to examples such as the outbreak among a Washington church choir as evidence. “It becomes extremely implausible it was anything but aerosol transmission," one researcher said. Here’s latest about the CDC’s website change and why some scientists think indoor ventilation is key to stopping the spread.

The Bad - Trump keeps spreading misinformation

When he loses he 2020 election, give him a gold-plated MAGA hat and a car load of cheeseburgers. But, for god’s sake, crush his phone.

On Monday night, Trump incorrectly claimed at a campaign rally that covid–19 “affects virtually nobody” younger than 18. His rally sentiments contradict his own health experts, and also what Trump himself told Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward in an interview in March. In one of the president’s interviews with Woodward, Trump acknowledged downplaying the severity of covid–19, saying that the virus affected “plenty of young people.”

The Ugly - downward creep of corruption

Only Trump deserves credit for this one - or maybe Little Lindsey should share in that glory. Trump can get away with flipping off Congress. So why not DoD doing the same?

Congress gave the Pentagon $1 billion via the Cares Act in March to build up the country’s supply of medical equipment. That fund was instead mostly funneled to defense contractors to make things such as jet engine parts, body armor and Army dress uniforms. U.S. health officials say gaps in the pandemic response still remain — including a severe shortage in N95 masks for health-care workers — and this money was supposed to be used to address them.

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