Thoughts & Essays

Pandemic Notes: 8/10/20

Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Dashboard, August 10, 2020
Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Dashboard, August 10, 2020. Click to view full-sized.

As of Monday, August 10, 2020, the United States has over 5 million known active cases of COVID-19. Over 163,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 so far, that we know about. Experts say the actual numbers may be up to 10 times worse.

Kids are headed back to school in some places, or will be soon. We have in no real, useful way prepared for this, so it’s an extremely ill-advised and unsafe situation in most places.

The additional federal employment insurance, eviction moratoriums, and other measures designed to cushion the impact of COVID-19 on people have lapsed, and Congress can’t seem to get its crap together enough to extend/renew them. Trump signed an executive order and some “memorandums” that “fixed” the problem, but they’re all unconstitutional and will almost certainly be challenged in court, so they probably won’t actually take effect.

The Trump administration’s assault on the United States Postal Service continues unabated, and we’ve got an election that is predicted to see heavy mail-in voting literally around the corner. It will be a shitshow, and it’ll probably take weeks for us to know the outcome of the election. Assuming people – or Trump – even accept the outcome, as the Trump administration has been doing a whole lot of work to make the outcomes seem questionable, if not downright illegitimate, in case he loses.

Of all the countries in the world, the United States has had the worst response – if you can even call what we’ve done a “response” – to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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