Navigating Coronavirus — June 13

In today’s email, we take a look at the false narrative around a so-called “second wave” as the country continues to deal with the repercussions of Trump’s initial denial of coronavirus. And Navigator dives into public opinion on reopening and safety precautions Americans expect in their lives.

Read on for today’s Navigating Coronavirus…

It’s been 106 days since President Trump said we’d soon have zero cases in the U.S. We now have 2.1 million cases and more than 116,000 deaths.

THE LATEST

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

1. THE PANDEMIC IS GETTING WORSE. IT IS NOT A “SECOND WAVE.” IT IS NOT A NEW OUTBREAK. IT IS THE SAME INITIAL OUTBREAK THAT TRUMP HAS FAILED TO CONTROL.

Trump is making this crisis worse by pretending the pandemic is over, downplaying it, and refusing to confront it. He has given up on defeating the virus, as 2 million have been infected and the outbreak gets worse.

  • 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”

Now he’s unwilling to listen to experts, acknowledge he was wrong, or address this crisis going forward — as he pushes to put tens of thousands of people in danger just to boost his own ego.

  • 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 . . .

TODAY’S POLLING DECK >> HERE

TODAY’S TOPLINES >> HERE

  • 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

The latest on how the economic crisis sparked by coronavirus is actually fueled by years of President Trump’s conservative economic policies, focusing today on Trump’s latest attempts to help Wall Street at the expense of workers and families.

Trump’s top economic advisors continue their push to “open up the economy” with false optimism and rejection of public health guidance — but what the economy actually needs is for workers and families to be safe, secure, and get back on their feet.

  • 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.

REMINDER: The economy is not the stock market or massive corporations — it’s people. And if policies don’t help people — the workers, families, and consumers who make up the economy — then they aren’t actually good for the economy.

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Navigating Coronavirus is a joint project of Governing for Impact, Groundwork Collaborative, The Hub Project, and Navigator Research.

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