Regardless of what one thinks of President Trump, all should be able to agree that COVID-19 is a serious threat and while used for political manipulation, as any of such a pandemic would have skilled manipulators attempt to use her for political advantage regardless of the place or time, it is a threat that must be taken seriously.
In a report from the New York Times and reprinted by MSN, models from the Trump administration suggest that COVID-19 death tolls will be doubled on a per-day basis by June.
As President Trump presses for states to reopen their economies, his administration is privately projecting a steady rise in the number of cases and deaths from coronavirus over the next several weeks, reaching about 3,000 daily deaths on June 1, according to an internal document obtained by The New York Times, nearly double from the current level of about 1,750.
The projections, based on modeling by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and pulled together in chart form 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 now.
The numbers underscore a sobering reality: While the United States has been hunkered down for the past seven weeks, not much has changed. And the reopening to the economy will make matters worse.
“There remains a large number of counties whose burden continues to grow,” the C.D.C. warned.
The projections confirm the primary fear of public health experts: that a reopening of the economy will put the nation right back where it was in mid-March, when cases were rising so rapidly in some parts of the country that patients were dying on gurneys in hospital hallways with cases rising so rapidly that the health care system is overloaded.
“While mitigation didn’t fail, I think it’s fair to say that it didn’t work as well as we expected,” Scott Gottlieb, Mr. Trump’s former commissioner of food and drugs, said Sunday on the CBS program Face the Nation. “We expected that we would start seeing more significant declines in new cases and deaths around the nation at this point. And we’re just not seeing that.” (source)
This disease is not a joke. Politics is important, but one cannot argue politics if one is dead.
I ask all of you to please be careful, to adhere to CDC guidelines, and to pray for the health and good will of others.
This virus is not going away, and it is with great concern I say that summer may be a mere break from a massive resurgence in the Fall that could destroy the economy far worse than what it is now.
Prepare yourselves accordingly.