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Military leaders quarantined after official tests positive
« Reply #17205 on: October 07, 2020, 07:09:48 AM »


WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s top military leaders were under self-quarantine Tuesday after a senior Coast Guard official tested positive for the coronavirus, the Pentagon said. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, and the vice chairman, Gen. John Hyten, were among those affected, U.S. officials said.

Military leaders who were in contact with Adm. Charles W. Ray, the vice commandant of the Coast Guard, were told Monday evening that he had tested positive, and they were all tested Tuesday morning, according to several U.S. officials. Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement that none have exhibited symptoms or have so far tested positive.

Ray was in a meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff late Friday morning in what’s called the Tank — the classified meeting room in the Pentagon. Officials said that is where most of the military leaders were exposed to him, but he also had other meetings with officials.

The news stunned officials at the Pentagon. Top leaders there have largely remained free of the virus, although there have been a number of outbreaks across the active-duty force and the reserves around the nation and overseas. Overall, more than 47,000 service members have tested positive for the virus, as of Monday, 625 have been hospitalized and eight have died.

It is not known how Ray contracted the virus. He attended an event for Gold Star military families at the White House on Sept. 27 that was hosted by President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump.

Several senior military leaders, including Milley, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Army Gen. James McConville and Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, also attended the event, which honored the families of service members who have died. A number of the military officials who were there got COVID-19 tests late last week after Trump and his wife both tested positive for the virus. According to officials, the military leaders were negative at that time, and they will continue to be tested in the coming days.

It’s not clear if Ray contracted the virus at the White House event or elsewhere, officials said.

The Coast Guard said in a statement that Ray felt mild symptoms over the weekend and was tested Monday. It said he will quarantine from home, and other Guard personnel who were in close contact with him will also quarantine. The Coast Guard headquarters is not located in the Pentagon; it is in southeast Washington, D.C. It is the only military service that falls under the Department of Homeland Security rather than the Defense Department.

The Coast Guard is following established policies for COVID, per CDC guidelines, to include quarantine and contact tracing. According to CDC guidelines, any Coast Guard personnel that were in close contact will also quarantine.

In accordance with established Coast Guard COVID policies, Admiral Ray will be quarantining from home.

Since April, the Coast Guard has been following CDC, DoD and DHS guidelines for temperature testing, social distancing to the greatest extent possible, and the wearing of masks when social distancing is not possible. The Coast Guard remains ready to ensure our Nation’s maritime safety, security and stewardship.

Hoffman said the quarantining of leaders won’t affect “the operational readiness or mission capability of the U.S. Armed Forces.” He added that, “senior military leaders are able to remain fully mission capable and perform their duties from an alternative work location.”

Top military leaders have robust communication systems installed in their homes as a routine matter, and many have sporadically worked from home during the pandemic for a variety of reasons. Some stayed home after having been exposed to the virus and other military leaders have self-quarantined for a short time after returning from travel.

Hoffman’s statement did not identify those affected, but multiple U.S. officials said that besides Milley, they included the chiefs of the Army, Navy, Air Force and National Guard, as well as the head of U.S. Cyber Command, Gen. Paul Nakasone. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss information not yet made public.

At least 14 military officials — including some staff members of the chiefs — are believed to have been potentially exposed to the virus after meetings last week with Ray. Hoffman said the military is conducting additional contact tracing to identify anyone who may have been exposed.

https://apnews.com/article/virus-outbreak-archive-coast-guard-ecfe37d2c67093e0d36ee38642aa3de8
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Let's Talk About D.C.'s Magic Mushroom Ballot Measure
« Reply #17206 on: October 07, 2020, 07:19:09 AM »

If approved by voters, Initiative 81 would de-prioritize the enforcement of D.C. laws against psychedelic mushrooms and plants.

If you're working your way through a ballot in D.C., don't forget to turn it over: there's a ballot initiative you get to vote for or against on the other side.

Initiative 81 is formally known as the Entheogenic Plant and Fungus Policy Act of 2020, which is a mouthful of words for a ballot measure that more colloquially has to do with magic mushrooms and psychedelic plants. Read below for everything you need to know about Initiative 81.
OK, so what is Initiative 81 proposing to do?

In short, Initiative 81 seeks to make enforcement of D.C.'s drug laws against psilocybin mushrooms and psychedelic plants like cacti, iboga and ayahuasca the police department's lowest priority. They are currently classified as Schedule I drugs, which means they have a high likelihood of being abused and no accepted medical use. It also calls upon D.C.'s attorney general and the U.S. Attorney for D.C. to "cease prosecution of residents of the District of Columbia for these activities." (It's unclear how many people are prosecuted every year, but one defense attorney tweeted that he had never heard of any cases.)
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So this decriminalizes or legalizes mushrooms and psychedelics?

Nope. Nothing in Initiative 81 would make it legal to use mushrooms or other psychedelics, much less pave the way for any type of legal and regulated sales. Rather, it would simply make policing and prosecution of them a low priority.

This approach was chosen because mushrooms and psychedelics are illegal under local and federal law, but also because Congress has specifically prohibited D.C. from decriminalizing or legalizing any Schedule I drugs. That happened after D.C. voters legalized the possession and personal use of small amounts of marijuana in late 2014.

Initiative 81 also mirrors similar language adopted in other cities, including in Denver, where voters approved Initiative 301 in May 2019. Oakland followed shortly thereafter. This November, voters in Oregon will have a chance to go a step further: if Measure 109 passes, doctors and healthcare providers would be able to provide mushrooms and other psychedelics to qualifying patients.
Why do this, and why now?

In the wake of the significant recent gains in nationwide fights to decriminalize or legalize marijuana, attention is slowly shifting to mushrooms and psychedelics. And just like the push for legal marijuana started with allowing medical use, proponents of psychedelics say they could offer significant new therapies for people suffering any number of conditions.

Melissa Lavasani, a D.C. government employee and the leader of the Decriminalize Nature D.C. campaign that's pushing Initiative 81, told us earlier this year that she suffered from severe depression and anxiety after giving birth to her two kids, which she ultimately treated by micro-dosing magic mushrooms. And while that may sound outlandish to some, researchers at places like Johns Hopkins University are looking into the therapeutic and medical value of psychedelics. The federal government has even gotten in on the action; late last year it declared psilocybin as a "breakthrough therapy" to treat depression.

To get Initiative 81 on the ballot — which required getting tens of thousands of signatures from registered D.C. voters — Lavasani got a big assist from Adam Eidinger, a well-known D.C. activist who was behind the 2014 push to legalize marijuana. It also took in loads of money (the campaign raised more than $735,000) of the New Approach PAC, a political-action committee that supports efforts to decriminalize or legalize drugs. And lots of the PAC's money came from Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps.
What are the reasons to vote against this?

Maybe it's because of how quietly the initiative made its way to the ballot, but so far there is no apparent organized opposition to Initiative 81. And the most outspoken critic of the measure to date isn't even from D.C. Over the summer, Rep. Andy Harris (R-Maryland) unsuccessfully tried to stop Initiative 81 from appearing on the ballot by prohibiting the city from spending money on it.

"This is a bald-faced attempt to just make these very serious, very potent, very dangerous — both short-term and long-term — hallucinogenic drugs broadly available," Harris told the New York Post. "Public health has to be maintained. We know, of course, once you make it a very low enforcement level and encourage prosecutors not to prosecute it, what would prevent people from using hallucinogens, getting behind the wheel of a car and killing people?"

If Harris's name rings a bell, it's because he's been one of the leading critics of D.C.'s efforts to legalize marijuana, and it was Harris who wrote the provision of law that keeps the city from moving further to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana.

"Some Democrats may say, 'D.C. residents, if this is what they want, this is what they should get,'" Harris told the Post. "[But] I think there's probably a lot of Democrats who draw a very distinct line between potent hallucinogens and marijuana. And whereas the majority may support recreational use of marijuana, I doubt the majority supports the broad use of these potent hallucinogens."

The Decriminalize Nature D.C. campaign disagrees, saying that their internal polling of likely D.C. voters show more than 60% in favor of Initiative 81.
OK, I'm ready to vote on this. What next?

Turn your ballot over, and you'll find Initiative 81. Once you're done, you can drop your ballot in the mail, or leave it at any of the dozens of ballot drop boxes that are open starting Monday, October 5.

For more on D.C.'s election, check out our overview of the At-Large race and our full guide to voting this year.

https://www.npr.org/local/305/2020/10/06/920731786/let-s-talk-about-d-c-s-magic-mushroom-ballot-measure
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A compilation of screenshots of text messages sent by President Trump's campaign to Jennifer Stromer-Galley, a professor at Syracuse University.

Sometimes, Melissa Michelson feels like she has created a monster when she hears from voters in the 2020 election.

"When they mention how many texts they get, I say, 'I am so sorry I feel personally responsible,' " says Michelson, a political science professor at Menlo College in California.

More than a decade ago, Michelson conducted an experiment to see if text messages could be used to increase voter participation in San Mateo County in California.

The experiment was a big success, and, thanks in part to research by Michelson and others, text messages are now widely used by campaigns to reach out to supporters, get out the vote and raise money.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, for example, was an early and fervid fan of texting, using a small army of volunteers to personally send messages to supporters during this year's presidential campaign.

While Republicans were slow to jump on the texting bandwagon, they have more than made up for it this year. The Trump campaign alone has said it will have sent out more than a billion text messages to supporters by Election Day.

"We look back, I think, at the 2016 election and call it the social media election. I think after 2020 people are going to look back and say this was the texting election," says Thomas Peters, founder and chief executive of RumbleUp, a texting platform for Republicans.


A compilation of screenshots of text messages sent by the Joe Biden campaign to Jennifer Stromer-Galley, a professor at Syracuse University.

Not only is texting cheap and easy to use, it's much better than other forms of communication at grabbing voters' attention, he says.

Unlike regular mail or email, text messages are almost always read by their recipients, usually within minutes after they're sent, he says.

"The average person looks at their phone every six seconds," Michelson says. "So if you get a text message, you look at it. Your phone makes a cute little noise, if you're not already looking at it, and you read the message."

Because texting is so cheap to use, campaigns can use it to flood their supporters with messages.

This year, Jennifer Stromer-Galley of Syracuse University, who studies political campaigns in the digital era, decided to sign up for texts from both the Biden and Trump campaigns.

The number of messages she gets has tripled since the parties conventions in August, with Republicans sending three times as many as Democrats. She routinely gets texts from GOP heavyweights such as Donald Trump Jr., Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Lately, the texts have taken on a pleading tone, almost berating her for not giving money, she says.

"The one I got yesterday said, 'Do you not care that Donald Trump is running for re-election? Donate now," she says.

As texting has proliferated, so have complaints about it.

Federal law allows campaigns to send personalized text messages to individual voters, as long as an actual human being is on the other end pressing "send." Putting out large numbers of messages to people who haven't requested them –a practice known as "robotexting" – is illegal.

More than a month ago, Ed Gandia began getting texts from political candidates in Georgia, which is the site of two bitterly contested senate races. He never signed up for them and doesn't known how the senders got his number.

The messages would come in frequently, five or six times a day, urging him to attend a rally, vote for a candidate or donate to a campaign. He tried unsubscribing. It doesn't always work.

"It's annoying. It's disruptive, because many times my phone is not on vibrate and I'm on business calls. It seems very disrespectful," Gandia says.

The texts do get Gandia's attention. However, one thing they won't do, he says, is influence his vote.

https://www.npr.org/2020/10/07/920776670/getting-lots-of-political-messages-on-your-phone-welcome-to-the-texting-election
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Duckworth:Block Supreme Court Pick Who Thinks 'My Daughters Shouldn't Even Exist
« Reply #17208 on: October 07, 2020, 07:32:43 AM »

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, meets with legislators last week on Capitol Hill.

A Democratic U.S. senator who has spoken openly about motherhood and giving birth at age 50 is asking her Republican colleagues to reconsider their support for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett in light of the judge's ties to an organization that has publicly opposed some types of fertility treatments.

In a letter to her colleagues, Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois describes the role of in vitro fertilization, or IVF, in helping her conceive her two daughters, now 5 and 2. In 2018, Duckworth famously brought her newborn daughter, Maile, on the Senate floor after lobbying for a rules change.

In the letter, Duckworth describes Barrett as someone who "appears to believe that my daughters shouldn't even exist" and says, "I write to each of you today, and especially to my Republican colleagues who cooed and cuddled Maile when she first visited the Capitol, in hopes that you will fully consider the very real impact your vote on this unprecedented nomination could have on those Americans hoping to start families of their own."

The letter comes in response to reports that first appeared last week in The Guardian that Barrett and her husband, Jesse, had signed an ad in 2006 in the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune from an organization known then as St. Joseph County Right to Life.


Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat, is asking Republicans to reconsider support for Barrett after this 2006 newspaper ad from an anti-abortion-rights group surfaced with Barrett's name attached.


Barrett's name on this 2006 newspaper ad opposing Roe v. Wade has drawn criticism from abortion-rights advocates who fear that if confirmed to the high court she'd vote to overturn precedent guaranteeing abortion rights.

That ad called for putting "an end to the barbaric legacy of Roe v. Wade" – the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. It urged readers to "defend the right to life from fertilization to natural death."

The group, now part of an organization called Right to Life Michiana, is based in South Bend, where Barrett has worked as a law professor at Notre Dame University. In an interview with The Guardian, Executive Director Jackie Appleman said her organization supports criminal penalties for doctors who perform abortion, and for doctors who discard embryos as part of IVF treatments.

"Whether embryos are implanted in the woman and then selectively reduced or it's done in a petri dish and then discarded, you're still ending a new human life at that point and we do oppose that," Appleman told The Guardian.

She added that "at this point we are not supportive of criminalizing the women."

Reached by phone by NPR, Appleman declined to comment but pointed to a National Review article in which officials from Right to Life Michiana say that Barrett and other signers of the letter may not have been aware of the full content of the ad before it was published. The appearance of Barrett's name in the ad has drawn criticism from abortion-rights advocates who warn that, if confirmed, she'd likely vote to overturn Supreme Court precedent guaranteeing abortion rights.

But Duckworth's warnings to her colleagues go further. In an interview with NPR, Duckworth said she hopes Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee will bring up the implications of Barrett's views for fertility treatments and other types of reproductive health care, including contraception, during her upcoming confirmation hearings.

Duckworth said she wants her Republican colleagues to understand fully the implications of their vote.

"I think many people don't realize that these positions where life begins at the fertilization of an egg would actually rule out IVF," she said.

Barrett's defenders have pointed to comments she made during her 2017 confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee for her position as a federal appeals court judge in which she said that the law, not her personal views, would dictate how she rules in cases.

https://www.boisestatepublicradio.org/post/duckworth-block-supreme-court-pick-who-thinks-my-daughters-shouldnt-even-exist
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Domestic Workers React With Anger After Trump Says 'Don't Be Afraid of Covid'
« Reply #17209 on: October 07, 2020, 07:38:04 AM »

President Donald Trump gives thumbs up as he stands on the Blue Room Balcony upon returning to the White House on Monday.

Some domestic workers and others impacted by COVID-19 are reacting angrily to President Trump's urging to "get out there" and "Don't be afraid of Covid. Don't let it dominate your life," soon after he left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday, where he was treated for COVID-19.

They accuse the president of sounding not only reckless but callous about the more than 200,000 people in the U.S. who have died of COVID-19 and the more than 7 million who have been infected with the virus.

"Completely irresponsible," said Norma, a 46-year-old domestic worker, referring to President Trump's comments. "He's mocking us, the working poor," says the undocumented mother of three from Lakewood, N.J. She does not want her last name used due to her immigration status. "He can't tell us not to fear the virus — we're living it."

Norma was infected with the virus in April, and her mother died from it on July 10. "I'm still mourning her," she says.

"I'm still suffering from fatigue, chills and often my hands feel numb," she said. She had to stay home from work for more than 2 months after testing positive and she's only working about 80% now. "I don't have the means to see a doctor or take vitamins. I'm behind on my rent and other bills."

There are more than 2 million domestic workers like Norma in the U.S. – people who work in private homes cleaning and taking care of children, older adults and people with disabilities, according to the Economic Policy Institute. The vast majority of these workers are women, and over half are women of color.

"The administration's failure to act over the past six months have put the lives of millions of domestic workers across the country at risk," said Ai-jen Poo, executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She added that the administration's actions over the past week, flouting the CDC's coronavirus guidance at a White House gathering on September 26 while refusing to wear a face mask, "have put the lives of essential domestic workers in the White House at additional unnecessary risk."

"The outbreak of coronavirus at our highest level of government highlights the urgent need to provide essential worker protections and comprehensive COVID relief for all of us," Poo said.

Jossie Flor Sapunar works with CASA in Action, an organization that mobilizes the vote in immigrant and people of color communities in the Mid-Atlantic region. She said that when people saw Trump's tweets, they saw his privilege.

"He has a personal helicopter, a fleet of doctors, the best health care," Sapunar said. She noted that many of the people most exposed to the virus every day often don't even have health care: "Grocery store workers, gas station workers, health care workers, cleaning personnel, they don't have that type of privilege."

"He disregards the virus, disregards the science," Sapunar said of the president's actions. She said his response to the pandemic has been reckless for the country, but also toward his staff who trust him.

The White House staff is largely Black and Latino, according to The Washington Post. Dozens of full-time cooks, butlers, ushers, housekeepers, florists make sure the official residence runs smoothly.

White House residence staff have been required to wear face masks at all times since April, according to a statement released on Tuesday by the office of First Lady Melania Trump.

The statement also noted other precautionary measures taken in the residence, such as "hospital grade disinfection policies" since March. The reduced staff has been tested daily, is encouraged to work remotely and the White House medical staff have been charged with leading health workshops to answer staff concerns.

Still, Sapunar said Trump's behavior reveals a power imbalance. Not only has he repeatedly downplayed the risks, she said, but he has spread dangerous ideas like injecting yourself with bleach to prevent infection.

"Right now, things are not fair and that makes folks angry," she said. "That's why we are mobilizing people our hardest, because four years of Trump is four years of disaster for Black and immigrant communities."

https://www.npr.org/sections/latest-updates-trump-covid-19-results/2020/10/06/920812013/domestic-workers-react-with-anger-after-trump-says-don-t-be-afraid-of-covid
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The president embraces coronavirus nihilism
« Reply #17210 on: October 07, 2020, 08:21:42 AM »
Hawaii, an island that can regulate the extent to which people arrive and leave, has managed to get through the coronavirus pandemic with relative success. It’s seeing about 100 new cases a day at this point, a small fraction of the national total.

And yet about 1 in every 9,000 people alive in Hawaii on Jan. 1 has died of covid-19, the disease the novel coronavirus causes.

In Nebraska, the picture is worse: about 1 in 3,900. In New Hampshire, it’s 1 in 3,000. Those states are in the bottom third in terms of how deadly the pandemic has been. On average, 1 in 3,300 residents of any given state has died since the pandemic emerged.

Nationally, 1 in every 1,600 Americans alive at the beginning of the year has died of the virus. That’s because the pandemic has been much deadlier in some large, populous states than it has been elsewhere. In Illinois, 1 in 1,400 residents is now dead because of the virus. In Massachusetts, 1 in 725. The hardest-hit state per capita, though, has been New Jersey. There, 1 in every 550 residents has died of the virus — a toll that would translate to 600,000 deaths nationally.

New Jersey was unlucky in that it inherited a number of cases from the New York City area, where the virus spread quickly in the late winter. That it was hit hard early also meant that the virus was much deadlier, with hospital resources strained and less medical knowledge about effective treatments.

But it’s not as though the risk of the virus has evaporated. The daily death toll relative to new cases has consistently been about 2 percent when including a two-week lag time, meaning that for every 10,000 cases we see today, we can expect 200 deaths two weeks from now. And, on average, 43,000 people are confirmed to have contracted the virus each day at this point. Since Friday, when President Trump went to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to be treated for his own infection, more than 2,000 Americans have died of the virus.

That amounts to two-thirds of the toll of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, since Friday.

If Trump were the median patient hospitalized for covid-19, we wouldn’t expect him to be released until the end of the week or longer. Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that hospital stays generally last 10 to 13 days — for survivors. But on Monday afternoon, Trump suddenly announced that his obvious desire to escape Walter Reed would be coming to pass only three days after he was admitted.

In doing so, however, he went further — waving away the risks posed by covid-19 in general.

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I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!
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Before we assess that particular claim, it’s important to note that Trump’s first-person experience with the virus is very much not a typical one. The president lives in a house that has a built-in medical facility. His health-care costs are covered by anyone who pays their fair share in taxes, and he was given priority access to treatments not available to the general public. His experience at the hospital — staying in a multi-room suite while under constant monitoring by medical professionals — was itself atypical.

Yet here’s Trump, extrapolating outward from his five days of coronavirus symptoms to make a sweeping assertion about the low risk from the virus. You know the rich kid whose parents sent them on a luxurious week-long trip to Paris and who came back wearing a beret and talking incessantly about Sartre? Sometimes your experience shapes your understanding of a situation in a way that isn’t entirely reflective of reality or that may not fully capture what the experience is like for less fortunate people.

We know that Trump wants the pandemic to be over. He says it in so many words, over and over. He wanted his own infection to be over just as badly, falling back on public displays of strength after being flown to the hospital nearly as quickly as he gave up on his administration’s recommendations for limiting economic activity in March.

Even before his own infection, it was obvious that Trump was flirting more directly with a strategy that bordered upon encouraging healthy Americans to simply get infected and recover. This “herd immunity” approach is the desired outcome, building up the number of people who are immune to the virus so that it can’t spread. But the preferred method to do so is with a vaccine, something that — despite Trump’s claims — is clearly months or a year away for most Americans. By saying that Americans “shouldn’t be afraid” of covid-19, he’s saying that achieving immunity by simply catching the virus and recovering is not a big deal. Heck, maybe you, too, will feel better than you did 20 years ago!

Particularly if you can afford the corticosteroid treatments that Trump’s been administered. Particularly if you can still be monitored by a medical staff at your house and receive as-needed emergency treatment by the doctor you have constantly on call.

It’s not just that Trump’s experience is misleading and specialized. It’s that his shrug at the toll of the virus itself reflects a callous failure to recognize the pain that the virus has caused: not just among the families of the hundreds of thousands of people who’ve died, but also the stress and strain of the more than 7.4 million who’ve contracted it, the stress of loving someone who’s contracted a disease for which there’s no known cure. If you’ve ever held a loved one in your arms and worried whether they would live through the night, you know that this is not an experience you would wish upon anyone. It’s certainly not a position that you would responsibly encourage other people to assume.

For Trump, this is all about November. He wants to serve as Patient Zero in arguing that the pandemic is no big deal. He wants Americans to think that’s true, that the spread of the virus into every state and the corpses it has left behind are not reflective of any failure on the part of government but are, instead, simply par for the course, symptoms of an illness. He wants America to stop thinking he did a bad job in combating the virus but, instead, to think he did as good a job as was possible against a virus that just is what it is.

A 7-year-old boy in Georgia contracted the coronavirus in August. Sometimes when children get sudden spikes in temperature, they can have seizures. This boy did — while taking a bath. He drowned.

That particular story resonates for me because my son, who is 3, had a similar seizure last year. It was a terrifying moment and one I hope never to repeat. One I hope no one else has to experience. I am afraid of the coronavirus because while most people survive, no one wants to be the one in 50 who doesn’t. No one wants that unlucky individual to be someone they love.

Fearing the virus means taking steps to avoid it, which, as it turns out, means helping keep others from contracting it, too. It means recognizing what the virus does in the worst-case scenario, not the best case. It means making decisions based on limiting the number of people who have to see a loved one die.

I live in New York. For every 591 people who were alive in this state in January, one has died of covid-19. That instilled fear among New Yorkers, and the state has since managed to keep the number of new infections much lower than in other places.

Fear is a reasonable response. Fear may not win elections, but fear saves lives.

Update: Trump returned to the White House on Monday evening, despite his doctor’s warning a few hours earlier that the president wouldn’t be out of the woods on his infection until next week. There’s no indication that Trump is no longer contagious.

After Marine One landed on the South Lawn, Trump emerged, climbing stairs to a balcony. There, surrounded by flags, he dramatically removed the mask that he’d been wearing. He then turned and walked into the mansion.

Inside, staff were waiting to do their jobs, serving the president and his family. Two are confirmed to have contracted the virus already. When their tests came back positive, they were told to use discretion when revealing the diagnosis.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/10/05/president-embraces-coronavirus-nihilism/
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The Lincoln Project - Covita
« Reply #17211 on: October 07, 2020, 12:03:36 PM »
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