“Sapping America’s ability to manage the unavoidable and avoid the unmanageable.”
The number of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. appears to have peaked about a week and a half ago but the decline since then has been dismal.
There are still about 30,000 Americans being diagnosed each day with COVID-19. The seven-day moving average of new cases — a measure that smooths out daily fluctuations — has declined only 2 percent since it peaked 11 days ago.
As you can see in the chart above, that’s not typical. In other countries, the number of new cases has usually declined much more sharply after peaking.
At the same time Trump is encouraging protests that defy social distancing, which will only spread the virus. And he’s calling for an across-the- board reduction in immigration, which will do little if anything to reduce the virus’s spread.
Thomas Friedman wrote in yesterday’s NY Times “fighting a pandemic that spreads so fast that hesitating for just a week can totally sap your ability to manage the unavoidable and avoid the unmanageable.” Sapping America’s ability to manage the unavoidable and avoid the unmanageable is exactly what protesters and all who encourage them are causing
Friedman is even more articulate when he writes;
“In moments like these, when the choices we make are so impactful, people desperately want to believe that their leaders know what they’re doing. But they quickly learn that in times like these, leaders either grow or swell — they either grow out of their weaknesses and rise to the level of the challenge or all of their worst weaknesses swell to new levels.
Sadly the weaknesses of many who present themselves as “leaders” are “swelling to new levels”. Trump’s rogues gallery of Republican governors of Tennessee, South Carolina and Georgia announced earlier Monday plans to ease “stay-at-home restrictions”. In Georgia, despite not hitting its reopening benchmarks, Gov. Brian Kemp said gyms and salons will be allowed to reopen Friday. Restaurants and theaters may reopen next Monday, Kemp said.
According to a Yahoo News/YouGov poll, published Monday, 60 percent of Americans oppose protesters like this crazed women screaming at a nurse to “go back to China”. However, polls haven’t stopped the weaknesses of trump and his demagogic friends from “swelling to new levels”, which is likely the cause of the dismal performance in the reduction of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. after reaching their peak.
For all of these reasons we need to watch more of this: