Navigating Coronavirus — August 12


  • Washington Post: “With no end to the pandemic in sight, coronavirus fatigue grips America”
  • “An exhausted, exasperated nation is suffering from the effects of a pandemic that has upended society on a scale and duration without parallel in living memory […] The metaphor of a marathon doesn’t capture the wearisome, confounding, terrifying and yet somehow dull and drab nature of this ordeal for many Americans, who have watched leaders fumble the pandemic response from the start. Marathons have a defined conclusion, but 2020 feels like an endless slog — uphill, in mud.”
  • NEW NAVIGATOR DATA >> Nearly 6 in 10 Americans still believe that the worst of the pandemic is yet to come.
  • AMERICANS THINK TRUMP COULD DO MORE >> 57% of Americans feel that the Trump administration is not doing enough right now to respond to the pandemic, and the same number believe Trump could have done more to prevent 160,000 Americans from dying.
  • SHOT >> Trump on Tuesday continued to downplay the importance of testing while claiming we are doing a great job.
  • CHASER >> Axios: “State coronavirus testing plans fall short of demand: Continuing on without a national testing strategy almost certainly means more chaos ahead.”
  • FLORIDA: “Florida’s Covid-19 cases in children have increased 137% in past month”
  • CALIFORNIA: “Coronavirus cases among children and teenagers are surging in California, up 150% last month”
  • GEORGIA: “Coronavirus cases lead over 800 to quarantine in Georgia school district where masks not required”


  • As the world races to develop a vaccine, Americans are more worried that we will move too fast and create unintended health consequences rather than being too slow or cautious. When it comes to the vaccine, Americans care most that Trump listens to public health experts, tells the truth, and is transparent.
  • MORE >> Approval by Fauci and the F.D.A. are key to Americans feeling comfortable getting a vaccine. In contrast, Trump’s endorsement doesn’t carry much weight, and nearly two-thirds of Americans want Trump to stay out of vaccine development all together.
  • People don’t want politics to play a role in vaccine development or distribution. More than 8 in 10 Americans agree we need transparency about any clinical vaccine data and think that experts need to be able to make decisions without political pressure. More than 75% agree that political staff should not get the final say.
  • LEAVE KUSHNER OUT OF IT >> Speaking of political staff, a majority of Americans would be very concerned if Kushner was put in charge of vaccine development.
  • Trump is trying to claim that coronavirus will go away soon, but majorities of Americans still believe the worst is yet to come and want more aggressive social distancing.




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