Navigating Coronavirus — October 5

WHAT THIS MEANS … AND HOW WE GOT HERE.

President Trump has now joined the more than 7 million Americans who have been infected with the coronavirus during this pandemic.

THE LATEST…

PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS ALLIES WERE IRRESPONSIBLE, NOW HE IS SICK AND THE COUNTRY IS IN CRISIS.

While all the specifics of how and when the president got COVID-19 remains unclear, it’s readily apparent that his irresponsible behavior led us to this moment.

  • SUPERSPREADERS IN THE ROSE GARDEN >> Eight people, including Trump, the First Lady, two senators, and several top aides, have tested positive after attending the Amy Coney Barrett event that openly violated local DC health guidelines. That day, Trump packed 150 people together in the Rose Garden without masks or distancing — and many others gathered indoors for receptions — likely allowing the virus to spread and infect our nation’s top leaders.
  • BUT IT DIDN’T STOP THERE >> It’s not just poor leadership, bad policies, and no national strategy — Trump and the Republicans are now spreading the virus themselves. We’ve already seen evidence of community spread in the days following the Rose Garden event: 17 people in contact with Trump and others there have since tested positive.
  • In fact, Trump himself is even putting people at risk while he is hospitalized. In a video posted Sunday evening, he suggested he has been visiting with hospital personnel and even military members while he has coronavirus … and minutes after that video posted, Trump forced Secret Service agents to cram into an SUV with him for a photo op, dramatically increasing the likelihood those agents could get sick.
  • NOW THEY’RE COVERING IT UP >> Trump knew his top aide, Hope Hicks, was sick — and later that he himself was sick — while carrying on as if everything was normal and telling his aides to keep it all a secret. They did not alert people they were in contact with — including the Biden campaign, advisors in debate prep with Trump, and local officials.
  • Washington Post: Little evidence that White House has offered contact tracing, guidance to hundreds potentially exposed
  • WORSE >> Trump knowingly exposed hundreds of people to the virus at a fundraiser on Thursday, which he attended while experiencing COVID-19 symptoms after being exposed to Hope Hicks.

THIS IS REALLY SCARY BECAUSE IT’S UNCLEAR IF WE CAN TRUST ANY INFORMATION FROM THE WHITE HOUSE.

With the president hospitalized, Americans deserve comprehensive, transparent information about his condition — but unfortunately, Trump, his staff, and even the White House doctor are giving conflicting reports, creating a severe credibility crisis.

  • Politico: “‘White House triggers questions and confusion about Trump’s coronavirus case’: While Trump’s physician painted a rosy portrait on camera, the White House indicated “very concerning” signs over the prior day and said “the next 48 hours will be critical.”
  • Axios: White House enters cleanup mode over Trump’s COVID-19 timeline
  • Washington Post: “The White House on Saturday created a startling amount of confusion on the status of President Trump’s health and precisely when he contracted covid-19 — issuing conflicting statements and injecting uncertainty into the nation’s understanding of the president’s well-being and whom he and his associates may have exposed to the novel coronavirus.”

PRESIDENT TRUMP DOESN’T SEEM TO HAVE LEARNED ANYTHING FROM THIS.

Perhaps what is most alarming about this situation is that it appears President Trump and Republicans aren’t changing their behavior. In addition to his dangerous photo op yesterday, Trump’s campaign is still holding in-person events, refusing to wear masks, and even mocking those who do.

  • USA Today: “‘Operation MAGA’: Trump campaign to resume in-person events with Pence Ariz. trip as president battles COVID-19”
  • CNN: “Trump campaign adviser claims Biden’s mask is a ‘prop’ as President hospitalized with COVID-19”

AND WHAT ABOUT THE SUPREME COURT?

  • ENTIRELY POSSIBLE >> Amy Coney Barrett’s Judiciary Committee hearings could become superspreader events themselves, with multiple committee members sick with the virus.

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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.