At eight months into a pandemic, the people should be entitled to a lower death toll and reconciliation

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I’ve been writing these Covid-19 updates for eight months straight. I could never have imagined doing this for this long. I imagine you’re eagerly awaiting the day when you go on Twitter and you don’t have to see these anymore. You deserve that and so much more.

  1. A pandemic election. You deserve to hire someone for this job. Based on my time serving in government, my advice is to make the decision based on compassion, competence, and someone who won’t rest until Americans are safe again.
  2. Stress relief. People are wound pretty tight after eight months of this, I don’t care who you are. Take time to remind yourself what gives you joy in life — likely who gives you joy in life. Don’t make this feel unsustainable, like you can’t exhale. …

The White House has abandoned states. Here’s some advice for frustrated governors.

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Credit: Peter Zelei Images / Getty Images

I had a call with a Republican governor of a state in trouble and it gave me a sense of where we are. Here is what I learned.

The biggest concern is in rural communities. Some 90% of people in urban areas are wearing masks and spread is in better control. Rural community spread is from large family and community gatherings without masks.

This compares to the spring in the Northeast where spread was almost entirely in urban areas and to summer when it spread in Southern states more evenly. …

After 210,000 deaths and becoming infected, Trump finally understands Covid-19?

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Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Trump’s closing argument: “Don’t be afraid of COVID.”

Now that Trump is an expert on Covid-19 — not the book-learning kind you get by reading the reports that have been presented to him for months on end — but the kind of REAL education people get — he has an inescapable conclusion.

There’s a million people worldwide, many of whom presented exactly the way Trump presented and who died. Those other million people who didn’t have dozens of doctors, an arsenal of drugs, including a compassionate-use cocktail not available to anyone. Or a helicopter.

“Don’t be afraid” also means don’t be afraid to infect other people — to knowingly travel and campaign and ride with Secret Service agents. So far, at least 30 people have been infected in this debacle. …


Andy Slavitt

Former Medicare, Medicaid & ACA head for Pres. Barack Obama. https://twitter.com/ASlavitt

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