Navigating Coronavirus — October 26

THE LATEST

TRUMP IS NOT ONLY IGNORING AMERICANS’ TOP CONCERN — HE’S MAKING IT WORSE.

At the end of the day, this election is going to come down to one issue: coronavirus. The pandemic is at the top of Americans’ minds, and the pandemic is getting worse.

  • POLITICO: “White House’s top ranks hit with new round of coronavirus cases”
  • CNN: “At least 5 of Vice President Pence’s aides test positive for coronavirus”
  • “[White House Chief of Staff Mark] Meadows and the vice president’s office were attempting to keep news of a new illness quiet, a source told CNN. The source described Pence’s and Meadows’s behavior as a ‘coverup’ for trying to conceal the news from the public.”
  • “Despite contact with multiple people who recently tested positive, Mike Pence is refusing to quarantine in defiance of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.”
  • CAN’T MAKE IT UP >> Pence is continuing his schedule on the campaign trail, despite being a “close contact” with infected people, and his staff is claiming it’s because he’s an “essential worker.”

HOW WE GOT HERE: TRUMP IGNORED EXPERTS, DOWNPLAYED THE VIRUS, AND REFUSED TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE CRISIS.

Trump let the U.S. spiral to the worst outbreak in the world:

  • We have the highest number of cases and deaths, and Americans are 7 times more likely to die than people from other wealthy countries.
  • 8 million Americans were pushed into poverty, tens of millions of Americans lost their jobs, and 23 million are still relying on unemployment aid.
  • 12 million Americans have lost their health insurance during a global health crisis as Trump is still trying to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and strip millions more of their coverage — which his Supreme Court nominees may be poised to do in just a few weeks, even as the pandemic rages.

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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.