Monthly Archives: March 2020
This is an important piece of journalism by Daniel Dale and Tara Subramaniam on CNN, March 22, 2020, beginning:
“Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump began March with a barrage of false claims about the coronavirus pandemic — understating the extent of the crisis, overstating the availability of tests, inaccurately blaming his predecessor and wrongly insisting that the crisis was unforeseen.
“Trump made 50 false claims from March 2 through March 8, then 21 false claims from March 9 through March 15. Of those 71 false claims, 33 were related to the coronavirus….”
And the worst, which probably held back actual progress in combating the virus:
“On March 6, as doctors and health officials around the country were reporting a shortage of coronavirus tests, Trump said, ‘Anybody that wants a test can get a test…'”
Totally false, of course.
The very insightful video editorial by SE Cupp includes the anguished observation: “This is so incredibly unfortunate, this is so incredibly dangerous: that we cannot trust what the president is saying is an awful, inexcusable tragedy.”
Read the full article, follow links and see the video at CNN. Photo: the video editorial compares Trump’s response to crisis to Bush’s and Obama’s
by Joanne Kenen, Politico, 3/6/20
The Trump administration’s decision to forgo a World Health Organization test and create its own had fateful consequences, experts say.
On Saturday Jan. 11 — a month and a half before the first Covid-19 case not linked to travel was diagnosed in the United States — Chinese scientists posted the genome of the mysterious new virus, and within a week virologists in Berlin had produced the first diagnostic test for the disease.
Soon after, researchers in other nations rolled out their own tests, too, sometimes with different genetic targets. By the end of February, the World Health Organization had shipped tests to nearly 60 countries.
The United States was not among them.
Why the United States declined to use the WHO test, even temporarily as a bridge until the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could produce its own test, remains a perplexing question and the key to the Trump administration’s failure to provide enough tests to identify the coronavirus infections before they could be passed on, according to POLITICO interviews with dozens of viral-disease experts, former officials and some officials within the administration’s health agencies….
keep reading at Politico