Navigating Coronavirus — June 13

THE LATEST

  • Miami Herald: “Florida’s Department of Health on Friday morning confirmed a new daily record high of 1,902 additional cases of COVID-19 — surpassing the previous high of confirmed cases by 204, which was reported just a day earlier.”
  • Montgomery Advertiser: “Coronavirus infections rise among Alabama prison staff as inmate testing remains low”
  • AP: “Utah and Oregon put any further reopening of their economies on hold amid a spike in coronavirus cases”
  • What the medical experts say >> “CDC warns U.S. may reimplement strict coronavirus measures if cases go up ‘dramatically’”
  • CDC Director: “The ‘pandemic is not over’ and it’s important to recognize that Covid-19 is still making headlines everywhere.”
  • How Trump’s White House responds >> “The US will not shut down economy again, not seeing second spike in virus cases”
  • And yet he is quietly taking actions to protect himself from the problem… “Trump Makes Supporters Sign Liability Waiver in Case They Get Coronavirus at His Campaign Rally” (Slate).

NAVIGATOR TRACKING NUMBERS . . .

  • Warning sign: Americans are viewing the worsening coronavirus pandemic with less urgency. As the media over the last 10 days has veered away from round-the-clock coronavirus coverage, Americans have started to soften on the future threat. An increasing number now believe that the worst of the crisis is over and the net number of Americans saying the “worst is yet to come” has dropped 7 points in the last week.
  • That said, a majority wants to continue precautions and believe their states are getting the pace right. Nearly 70% of Americans describe themselves as “pro-mask” including 64% of Independents and 77% of seniors over age 65. 64% want to see a cautious reopening while a majority remain concerned that social distancing will end too soon.

ECONOMIC CRISIS IN CONTEXT

  • Trump and his economic advisors are acting like the country faces a choice between protecting public health and helping the economy, but this is a false choice and absolutely wrong.
  • The reality is that the two are one and the same: Protecting workers and families and beating back this pandemic is the best thing we can do for the economy now and over the long term.
  • When Trump and his advisors talk about “the economy,” they are really just talking about Wall Street.
  • They want to force workers back on the job to juice the stock market and make the economy look good by their standards, even if that means extending the suffering and turmoil for workers and families and hurting the actual economy.

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