9 thoughts on “Come out and play!

  1. Pariah nation says:

    The U.S. is “not in total control” of the coronavirus pandemic and daily new cases could surpass 100,000 new infections per day if the outbreak continues on its current trend, White House health adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/30/fauci-says-us-coronavirus-outbreak-is-going-to-be-very-disturbing-could-top-100000-cases-a-day.html
    “I can’t make an accurate prediction but it’s going to be very disturbing,” Fauci told senators in a hearing held by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
    The number of new cases reported each day in the U.S. is now outpacing that of April, when the virus rocked Washington state and parts of the Northeast, especially the New York City area.

  2. Mary Mallon says:

    The Department of Defense on Monday announced that three U.S. states are prohibited for travel by its service members because of the constant spreading of COVID-19. Those do not include the recent flared-up hot spots of Texas and Arizona. https://www.newsweek.com/pentagon-bans-these-3-states-travel-us-service-members-1514252
    California, Florida and Michigan are now the three states that service members are not allowed to travel, whether it’s for leisure, temporary duty or a permanent change of station, the Military Times reported. https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2020/06/29/with-covid-19-spiking-pentagon-okays-travel-to-all-states-save-three/
    The updated travel ban list comes as cases are spiking around the country, including within the military. Last week, cases among service members jumped 20 percent.
    Over the weekend, another 1,100 were diagnosed, a 10-percent increase over three days.
    “In general we are doing more testing, which can lead to more positive cases, which prompts more testing,” Air Force spokesman Lt. Col. Malinda Singleton told Military Times. “Many of our installations are in current hotspots (Texas, Arizona, Florida), which is also leading to an increase in positive cases.”
    The Air Force’s numbers jumped 44 percent last week.

  3. Disease vector says:

    Calling the United States an “outlier” among nations that otherwise have been successful in curtailing the spread of the coronavirus, a former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that it was a mistake to reopen public spaces, like bars, early, and that the country is paying for that mistake with dramatic spikes in cases and hospitalizations.
    Dr. Tom Frieden, the president and CEO of Resolve To Save Lives (an initiative that works to prevent epidemics), also responded on”CBS This Morning” to President Donald Trump’s comments this weekend that 99 percent of coronavirus cases are “harmless,” saying that complications from the virus are not fully understood.
    White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows Monday defended President Donald Trump’s claim that 99% percent of coronavirus cases are “harmless” – an assertion at odds with a wide array of data on death rates, hospitalizations and studies on the impact of the disease. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/07/06/meadows-defends-trump-claim-99-percent-covid-19-cases-harmless/5382610002/
    FDA head rejects Trump’s false claim that 99% of COVID-19 cases are ‘harmless’: ‘This is a serious problem’ https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-nw-trump-covid-19-harmless-claim-20200705-nsoai5uceragphrty2zqdbs32q-story.html
    Trump team is driving US to ‘failed state’ status https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1186913.shtml
    The day ‘shithole’ entered the Presidential lexicon https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/01/shithole-countries/580054/

  4. Count US out says:

    “The Trump administration has notified Congress and the United Nations that the United States is formally withdrawing from the World Health Organization, multiple officials tell CNN, a move that comes amid a rising number of coronavirus cases throughout the Americas in the last week alone.” https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/07/politics/us-withdrawing-world-health-organization/index.html
    “The Trump administration has already diverted funding from the WHO and the process to formally withdraw will take a year to complete. Critics of the decision hope that the withdrawal decision will be reversed if Trump loses the presidential election in November.
    Trump’s decision to permanently terminate the US relationship with the WHO follows a years-long pattern of railing against global organizations, with the President claiming that the US is being taken advantage of. The President has questioned US funding to the United Nations and NATO, withdrawn from the Paris climate accord and repeatedly criticized the World Trade Organization.”

  5. Euroweenie says:

    “The United States’ failure to contain the spread of the coronavirus has been met with astonishment and alarm in Europe, as the world’s most powerful country edges closer to a global record of 5 million confirmed infections.” (A/P 8/9/20) https://www.huffpost.com/entry/us-coronavirus-response-met-with-alarm-abroad_n_5f2fe236c5b6e96a22b3d74e
    “Much of the incredulity in Europe stems from the fact that America had the benefit of time, European experience and medical know-how to treat the virus that the continent itself didn’t have when the first COVID-19 patients started filling intensive care units. Yet, more than four months into a sustained outbreak, the U.S. is about to hit an astonishing milestone of 5 million confirmed infections, easily the highest in the world. Health officials believe the actual number is closer to 50 million, given testing limitations and the fact that as many as 40% of all cases are asymptomatic.”

    “Third of Americans would say ‘no’ to COVID vaccine – even if it was free” (Fox News) https://www.foxnews.com/us/third-of-americans-wouldnt-get-free-covid-19-vaccine

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