Navigating Coronavirus — August 11


Message guidance on the latest developments with President Trump’s handling of the crisis.

  • Trump on Monday, continuing to lie about kids and coronavirus: “They don’t transport it or transfer it to other people or certainly not very easily. So yeah, I think schools have to open.”
  • REALITY >> CNN: “Adults may not be the only COVID ‘long haulers.’ Some kids still have symptoms, months after falling ill”
  • EVEN WORSE >> NPR: “CDC says kids can get severe COVID-19 symptoms requiring ICU admission — especially Black and Hispanic children.”
  • Washington Post: “The 2020–2021 school year has dawned and it’s more chaotic than any before.”
  • FLORIDA >> “9 of the 12 Florida counties starting in-person schooling this week had a positivity rate above 5%”
  • GEORGIA >> “More than 500 people from a Georgia school district are in quarantine due to COVID-19”
  • NEW JERSEY >> “N.J. school district isn’t giving masks to teachers, so they’re fundraising to buy PPE themselves”
  • MISSISSIPPI >> “22 schools report COVID-19 cases in Mississippi”
  • IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY >> NYT Ed Board: “America Could Control the Pandemic by October. Let’s Get to It.”
  • “It’s no mystery how America got here. The Trump administration’s response has been disjointed and often contradictory, indifferent to science, suffused with politics and eager to hand off responsibility to state leaders.”
  • PULLING A POLITICAL STUNT >> This weekend, Trump signed “executive orders” to address the economic crisis — a stunt he thinks will make him look like he’s solving problems. In reality, the orders include details that either won’t work or would actually hurt the people he is claiming will be helped.
  • NYT: “Trump’s Orders on Coronavirus Relief Create Confusion: Businesses and the unemployed faced uncertainty”
  • IGNORING SCIENCE >> Trump’s refusal to accept science has caused confusion and created political divisions, costing American lives.
  • NBC: “Calendar of confusion: From February to August, Trump’s mixed messages on masks: ‘People have died because we haven’t had consistent messaging on mask-wearing,’ one health expert said.”
  • KEEP AN EYE OUT >> As the outbreak continues to ravage the country, public health officials remain hopeful for coronavirus treatments and vaccines. But given Trump’s track record of disregarding science and botching distribution of tests, concerns are mounting that the president will bully experts at the FDA for political gain.
  • NYT: “F.D.A. Chief, Is Caught Between Scientists and the President: ‘Many medical experts — including members of his own staff — worry about whether Dr. Hahn, despite his good intentions, has the fortitude and political savvy to protect the scientific integrity of the F.D.A. from the president.’”


The latest on how the economic crisis sparked by coronavirus is being fueled by President Trump’s actions and years of conservative economic policies, focusing today on the continued fallout from Trump’s convoluted and harmful executive orders.



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Navigating Coronavirus

Navigating Coronavirus

A daily product to help you navigate Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus crisis and government response efforts. A project informed by @NavigatorSurvey.