COVID Update October 2: Half the states or more are quickly growing cases and people who wear masks aren’t getting as sick.

And we have some absurd stuff going on. 1/
Let’s start with absurd. Mr. Pillow takes an extract from the oleander plant and says with confidence he won’t get COVID-19.

If you see him, stay away just in case. 2/
People visiting the White House like Father Jenkins get told if they take a quick test, they can sit elbow to elbow with others in a Rose Garden ceremony. He did.

Then went back to Notre Dame with a new gift he brought to the campus. COVID. 3/
Three Republican Minnesota Congressmen were exposed to Trump on Air Force One amd boarded a Delta Flight TODAY. This is expressly against airline rules. And human rules.

Emmers, Stauber, Hagedorn shame shame shame. 4/
Scott Atlas, the White House “Scientific” Advisor is feeling his oats, assuring the country that “the President will recover.”

If anyone would be confident enough to know, it would be him. Just the same, I would request a qualified physician if I were the president. 5/
Scott also brazenly said “it is hard not to get the virus.” With all due respect Scott, we’re at our 15th minute. It’s been grand.

Shit has been real for a long time. But now your cavalier approach to people “living” may be even less popular. 6/
The president knew he was exposed to someone with COVID-19. What did he do? Decided to get in a helicopter and go meet with a bunch of donors at his gold course. Only when he started to feel sick, did the charade end. And information began to leak out. 7/
There’s a good chance, the President received an actual positive test a day earlier. Before he left for Bedminster we don’t know. But why wouldn’t he get one after Hope Hicks tested positive? 8/
He changed his tune when? When HE started to feel sick. Otherwise would fundraisers and travel have continued? 9/
The president’s health as a human is nothing for politics.

His office’s disregard for other humans? His policies which deprive the public of the same testing and masks he has access to? That’s important stuff. 10/
There are only 2 possibilities. These people— not Scott Atlas, Donald Trump, Mr Pillow or the Notre Dame President— either don’t understand how COVID transmission works or they don’t care.

There is a third possibility: they don’t care enough to bother to understand. 11/
I put up a special episode about what this means and what needs to happen next. 12/
Half the Republican caucus and the Chair of the RNC are also sick from attending the White House event.

Who wrote the White House protocol, Scott Atlas? 13/
Note to team with the nuclear codes. Maybe get a second password.

This is what happens when an administration throws out everything they inherited. By the way, this is the stuff the deep state does. It’s called expertise. It’s called preventing stupid people from ourselves.14/
But all these stories are about privileged people deciding to be cavalier with something they can’t see, don’t REALLY believe, and mostly affects “other” people.

What about the 43,000 other people diagnosed positive yesterday? 15/
What about all the people with no choice because bloviating anti-maskers come near them or they are in unsafe working conditions?

No I’m not talking about Joe Biden and Chris Wallace. I’m talking about our essential workforce. 16/
Essential workers run into people like Pillow, Jenkins, Atlas, Trump, Lee, Emmers, Stauber, Hagedorn all day long. (I think his name is Pillow, right?)

They go home to older parents who live with them. They work all day. 17/
Their health is already disrespected. The President is suing to take away their care and pre-existing conditions. Wearing a mask around them just for “show.” He’s above that.

What about the rest of us? 18/
Not one more person should die from COVID. End the foolishness and make it stop. /end

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23 Oct
COVID Update October 22: Europe is having a second wave. How quickly can they bounce back?

Faster than a country that makes no effort: the US. 1/
Despite a lot of wishful thinking, COVID-19 has not gone away.

(Remember the “people have natural immunity” & “the virus died out”, & the “it will disappear” man?)

Sadly wishful fantasies don’t fight the virus. Scott Atlas’s strategy of ignoring the virus doesn’t work. Only we fight the virus. 3/
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21 Oct
COVID Update October 21:

A few nights ago I described how we need to do 2 things.

Account for the past
Fight for our future

I wrote about how we need to account for the past. But I haven’t had the words to focus on the future.

Now I think I do. Or will try. 1/
Thinking about the future turns out to be really hard when we are deep in a hole we must climb out from.

Writing about the past— the need for an accountability election— was easy. Here it is if you didn’t see & want to. 2/
But the future. The future. It feels so uncertain right now. It took me some time. And many many stupid sounding drafts. (Yes for the trolls, even stupider than this!) 3/
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19 Oct
BREAKING: Data for the month suggests for the first time COVID-19 has moved from a region by region crisis to a national one.

It needs a national solution.

More to follow shortly.
Here is a graph that says a lot. One thing you see is that cases are growing since April. Now that alone doesn’t tell us everything since testing is growing but it does tell us some things.

It’s from @NephronResearch
One thing to note is the number of states where cases are growing by 1000 cases/day.

April: 6
May/June: 6
July: 14 (19 peak)
August: 12
September: 12
October 15th: 25
Read 8 tweets
18 Oct
COVID Update October 18: It is time.

For the past.
And more importantly for the future.

Today: the past. Tomorrow I will write about the future. 1/
Trump has never faced accountability for his actions. His career in bankruptcy is a master class in how to behave when you don't care about others. Take their money, don't pay it back. Take their services, don't pay it back. 2/
Doing everything you can to avoid taxes including hiding money overseas, illegally using a foundation, writing off blackmail payments, trying to outlawyer the tax code. That's not "savvy." Its savage.

It is not patriotic. Yet, to date no accountability. 3/
Read 34 tweets
18 Oct
COVID Update October 17: The Coronavirus is an equal opportunity killer, right? Wrong. Many countries have done better than others.

It is an amazing story. 1/
One might think it has something to do with wealth.

The U.S. is the wealthiest country in the world. 60 per 100,000 have died here.

This compares to 2 in Haiti and 1 in Botsowana (its close to 0 for the continent of Africa) 2/
Other wealthy countries have also had very high mortality rates.

The U.K. (62), Sweden (57), Italy (59) & Belgium (86) have fared as bad or worse than the U.S. overall-- although they all improved dramatically compared to the U.S. starting in May (more on that in a sec) 3/
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15 Oct
COVID Update October 15: We started bad but THEN we got worse. Now is our chance.

Since May 10th, when the worst of Italy and the U.S. had passed, we have had 4x the number of deaths/capita. The difference is 80,000 people gone. 1/
Everyone by this time knows what happened in the U.S. in January through March. Trump heard & ignored, the CDC failed, we lacked masks, had no testing, and we lost too many people. 2/
Our first case was the same day as South Korea’s. We started out and could have been South Korea but never contained and cane to grips with the virus. 3/
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