Navigating Coronavirus — September 22



  • NO CONTACT TRACING >> More than six months into the pandemic, we still have no national contact tracing and containment strategy to track the spread — and now, we’re seeing alarming outbreaks due to air travel.
  • Washington Post: [The CDC identified] nearly 11,000 people who potentially were exposed to the virus on flights. But though the agency says some of those travelers subsequently fell ill, in the face of incomplete contact tracing information and a virus that incubates over several days, it has not been able to confirm a case of transmission on a plane. That does not mean it hasn’t happened, and recent scientific studies have documented likely cases of transmission on flights abroad.”
  • BOTCHED TESTING >> Trump still hasn’t implemented a real national testing strategy, and it’s leaving Americans struggling to get tested when they suspect they may have the virus.
  • CAN’T MAKE IT UP >> Connecticut Congresswoman Jahana Hayes “had to go to three different urgent care centers before she was finally given a test.” She then tested positive for COVID-19.
  • STILL NOT ENOUGH PPE >> Early on, Trump failed to enact the Defense Production Act quickly enough to mobilize emergency resources to hospitals and frontline workers. But the White House still hasn’t been able to get it right and shortages still remain — leaving our frontline health care professionals without enough personal protective equipment.
  • Washington Post: “‘The N95 shortage America can’t seem to fix’: Nurses and doctors depend on respirator masks to protect them from covid-19. So why are we still running low on an item that once cost around $1?”
  • MIXED MESSAGING ON THE VIRUS >> Trump’s war with experts is creating chaos and confusion — as he and his allies overrule public health officials, eroding trust and confidence and putting Americans at risk.
  • CNN: “CDC abruptly removes guidance about airborne coronavirus transmission, says update ‘was posted in error’”
  • Vox: “‘CDC reverses guidelines, telling people to get tested for Covid-19 even without symptoms’: Previous guidance changes seemed to be politically motivated to favor Trump. The CDC just walked them back.”



  • By 20 points, Americans want the winner of the November election to pick Justice Ginsburg’s replacement, and Democrats in Congress are 10 points more trusted than Trump on appointing a Supreme Court justice.
  • MORE >> By 15 points, progressives win a back-and-forth argument on whether to consider a Supreme Court nomination in an election year when considering the Republican timeline from 2016.
  • Mitch McConnell is deeply unpopular. He is 24 points underwater, and just 40% support his decision to hold hearings and bring Trump’s Supreme Court nominee up for a vote.
  • MESSAGING >> Focus on how the Republicans are prioritizing this over the pandemic. Among persuadables, the most effective message is that Republicans are dropping everything to rush this nomination while refusing to act on our health, safety and economy during the pandemic.
  • MAKE THE CASE STRONGLY >> After Americans hear our arguments for waiting until after the election to consider this nomination, opposition to a pre-election confirmation process increases by a net of 13 points.
  • The top issue for Americans in the court debate? The Affordable Care Act. It’s also the top issue among independents by a significant margin.




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