Life was stressful enough under the malignant and dysfunctional Trump regime, but the coronavirus pandemic has magnified the dysfunction and incompetence a thousand fold. This has been a sad and crazy week and there’s very little light at the end of the tunnel. If you feel frightened or depressed or overwhelmed–or all of the above–you’re not alone.
Here’s what you need to know:
Medical experts are now concerned that Covid-19 might be more easily transmissible than previously thought, and might even transmit through conversation or possibly just breathing. That’s why the Feds will likely recommend that all Americans wear face masks when interfacing with others during essential errands. Somewhere between 25 and 50% of people with the virus show no symptoms, and many people who do show symptoms start spreading the virus while they are still asymptomatic. So in order to “bend the curve” we all have to do a better job of protecting ourselves and others.
The weekly jobless claim number released yesterday was historically bad with 6.6 million people filing new claims. A total of more than 10 million Americans have filed for unemployment in the past two weeks. Markets reacted negatively but so far the stock market has been acting as if the shutdown won’t last too long and things will bounce back quickly. The stock market is looking more and more like a bubble of denial and false optimism that will burst as the future becomes clearer–we’re at the start of a marathon that will be economically devastating. Forget the vaccine, which under the best circumstances won’t be ready for a year (see next paragraph). Widespread testing will certainly help but it’s hard to see how that is going to happen at scale anytime soon. We won’t be returning to anything like normal until we feel confident we won’t die if we get Covid-19. This all comes down to potential anti-viral treatments, and many are in the works, many are rushing to trials, but we are still probably months away from anything that works. We even have supercomputers and AI attacking this challenge. Let’s pray for a breakthrough sooner than later.
Many labs around the world are racing to build an effective Covid-19 vaccine. The Chinese claim to be the furthest along, already doing human trials. But a fascinating vaccine from The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine was described yesterday in the New York Times that’s worth checking out. The vaccine delivery technology itself is truly futuristic and impressive, and the lab has a lot of experience with other coronaviruses, but it’s clear any vaccine will require a lot of testing and trials before it is deemed safe. Here’s the article:
Lastly, it was announced yesterday that the Democratic National Convention has been rescheduled from July to the week of August 17th. Let’s hope this actually happens. And let’s hope we are able to keep voters engaged and ready to toss Trump and his corrupt regime out when we get the chance. You know Trump’s voters will be at the polls. Keep in mind that Democrats in the House have been pushing for a national Vote By Mail effort, but it’s (of course) being blocked by the Republicans. Trump even slipped up and admitted on television this week that Vote By Mail would be terrible because the Republicans would never win again. So it’s up to us as activists to press Washington to authorize some form of Vote By Mail in case we need it this November.
Keep resisting Trump and keep working to “vote his ass out of office.”
Have a safe weekend, and never forget that Trump failed America.