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How Many American COVID-19 Deaths Are Acceptable So Business Owners Will Not Bitch?

May 4, 2020

This blog has been consistent about the need to use science and data to navigate our path forward when it comes to reopening businesses–be it in Wisconsin or New Mexico.  This blog has also been most aware of the toll that the COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking on all aspects of the national economy.  But to pursue a course of reopening any business in a willy-nilly fashion without adhering to the medical determination as to what needs to occur prior to openings will create more infections and deaths of our fellow citizens.

Today sobering projections were made known from internal Trump Administration documents.  There are frightful projections of a steady rise in the number of coronavirus cases and deaths over the next several weeks. The daily death toll will reach about 3,000 on June 1, according to an internal document.  To put that in terms of where we are today, that is a 70% increase from the current number of about 1,750.

The projections, based on government modeling pulled together by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, forecast about 200,000 new cases each day by the end of the month, up from about 25,000 cases a day currently.

What you and I have been doing….what millions of us have been doing over the past many weeks….that is hunkering down and listening to the advice of medical and government professionals will be upended because too many people want to make money by opening their businesses too early.

Trump’s lack of leadership, his utter incompetence, his disdain for amassing information, his blame game, his slow and derelict behavior in January, and February have all been witnessed by the nation.  But Trump’s now gleeful desire to turn the economic spigot on for his personal election purposes is the most disgusting and dangerous action yet taken during his term in office.

Instead of his usual verbal tics Trump needs to explain in detail why he dismissed our forward pandemic warning post set up by President Obama in China?  Trump needs to address the nation and explain his behavior of dismissing all the warnings received by our intelligence agencies, his own trade advisor, former Vice-President Biden, and all the Democrats pleading with him to act as a leader.

Now Trump is placing the lives of the citizenry in more danger by wanting to gin up the economy at a time when the medical data does not support such a move.  While the country has stabilized, it has not really improved, as shown by the data of case and death numbers remaining on a tragic plateau that is only tilting slightly downward.  To allow Trump to proceed in the fashion he is will ensure his own projections will come to fruition.

Three thousand dead Americans.

That can be placed into a stunning metric.  That is the equivalent of a 9/11 every single day.

What an epic failure of governance!  By a Republican from a political party that does not believe in governing.


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