Navigating Coronavirus — July 30

THE LATEST

  • Axios: “Fauci: Trials have ‘consistently’ shown hydroxychloroquine is ‘not effective’”
  • CNN: “Trump’s return as the face of the COVID-19 response has deteriorated into a misinformation masterclass that explains why America is in such a mess.”
  • AP: “As the world races to find a vaccine and a treatment for COVID-19, there is seemingly no antidote in sight for the burgeoning outbreak of coronavirus conspiracy theories, hoaxes, anti-mask myths and sham cures. … Experts worry the torrent of bad information is dangerously undermining efforts to slow the virus.”
  • Latest Navigator poll >> By double digits, Americans still list Trump ignoring experts as their top concern.
  • CBS News: “Federal coronavirus ‘red zone’ of severe outbreaks expands to 21 total states”
  • Washington Post: “Florida, California and North Carolina report record new coronavirus deaths for one day”
  • CNN: “At least 54 hospitals have reached ICU capacity in Florida”
  • Vox: “Three words explain why many developed countries have contained their coronavirus outbreaks more successfully than the United States: test, trace, and isolate. … But today, six months into the pandemic, America is still struggling to stand up these basic features of an effective public health response.”
  • “The federal government’s attitude toward contact tracing has been, at best, indifference and, at worst, active resistance.”
  • CBS News’ Mark Knoller: “Trump greeted by Gov. Abbott on arrival in Midland, Texas. Everyone wearing a mask except the president.”
  • USA Today: “Rep. Gohmert wonders if wearing a mask led to COVID-19 diagnosis despite health guidance to the contrary”
  • Trump ally Congressman Jim Jordan openly flaunted mask-wearing rules in the House’s Big Tech hearing yesterday — and exploded in anger when a colleague asked him to wear one.
  • More Navigator data >> Trump and Republicans are wildly out of step with Americans on masks — 81% of Americans, including 82% of Independents and 65% of Republicans, consider themselves “pro-mask,” and people think it’s irresponsible and selfish not to wear a mask. Three in four people think those who don’t wear masks are putting others at risk and deserve to be called out.

ECONOMIC CRISIS IN CONTEXT

  • There was absolutely no reason for Trump and McConnell to drag their feet and push workers, families, and the economy all the way up to this deadline.
  • The House passed legislation extending enhanced unemployment benefits on May 15th — more than two months ago — and Democrats have been united in making it clear that extending further was a critical provision for any deal.
  • If Trump and McConnell don’t end their obstruction, millions of families face eviction and tens of millions of families won’t be able to pay their bills and risk losing their health insurance during a pandemic — including the estimated 41% of unemployed workers whose insurance was lost along with their job, and many of whom are paying hundreds of dollars extra for COBRA.

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Navigating Coronavirus

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