It was two weeks ago yesterday. Fifteen days ago. April 16, 2020. At one of of his usually loony coronavirus update press briefings, Donald Trump showed the people and states of America what they needed to do so they could safely reopen for business. It was a three part plan that even with Trump explaining it, sounded sane. It was something our country needed.
It lasted less than one entire day!
Remember the following day when Trump went on a Twitter spree? Yeah, I know, that’s every day, but that Friday was special.
Yep, that was the word our leader used to try to get the country moving again. So much for safety. So much for sanity.
One state took him at his one word. Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp liberated spas, tattoo parlors, beauty salons and bowling alleys. Sure, the virus is spreading there like a California wildfire, but liberate the people who need a haircut and some ink.
By the end of next week, most states will be at least partially reopening. Yeah, there are a lot of restrictions, but the Governors want to put their people back to work. Some do it save their economy. Others like the Governors in Iowa and Nebraska want to get their residents off of the unemployment rolls, even at the cost of more illness and death.
However, not one state has achieved level one of the president’s guidelines for opening a state. NOT A SINGLE ONE!!
Stage one was easy to understand. You needed to have fourteen consecutive days of decreased cases of coronavirus. No one in the USA has reached that. In fact, most states are showing increased cases.
All of this concerns Dr. Anthony Fauci. He’s concerned that if we go too far too soon, we’ll take a step or more backwards and the number of cases will spike, as will the death toll. In an interview with the Today show, he urged states to move slow.
“We will get blips…there’s no doubt. When you pull back there will be cases, and what we need to do is make sure states have the capability of identifying, isolating and contact tracing individuals. You can’t just leap over things and get into a situation where you’re really tempting a rebound. That’s the thing I get concerned about.”
Hmmm…he doesn’t sound all that optimistic, does he? Certainly not as much as Jared Kushner, who predicted that by July the country will be “really rocking again.” Certainly not as much as Jared’s father-in-law, who envisions full stadiums and packed restaurants, sooner than later.
Listen, I’m all for getting us moving again. I realize how exhausting it is to be in a quarantined state. I empathize with the millions of jobless Americans, who desperately need to get back to work to keep their families afloat. I’m ready for the United States to be really rocking again! But it has to be done in a safe manner. We can not put people at risk to do this. I certainly am not willing to have anyone risk anything so Donald Trump can say he saved the country’s economy and campaign for a second term on that….not a chance in Hell!
So Don….I do have one single question for you? What did happen to those guidelines for reopening the country?
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