THE LUCK OF THE IRISH-AMERICAN JOE BIDEN
PROVIDENCE, FORTUNE, DESTINY – AND A PANDEMIC
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Monday, November 16, 2020
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Let’s be optimistic that in the last weeks of 2020 and throughout 2021, the people and governments of the United States of America can work together to limit the damage done by this invisible monster of a virus, revive the nation’s decimated economy, and help vulnerable families avoid the worst impact of the pandemic.
Then let’s face the unlucky 13 realities of why this remains and will remain such a challenge.
1. EVEN SICK PEOPLE ARE IN DENIAL
2. THE REDS SAY THE ELECTION RESULTS VALIDATE THEIR WORLDVIEW
Democrat Joe Biden may have won the presidency pledging a national mask mandate and a science-based approach to controlling the pandemic. But in the states where the virus is spiking highest — particularly in the Upper Midwest — Republicans made substantial gains down-ballot. Often they did so by railing against the very tool that scientists say could best help arrest the virus’s spread…
The victories in state and local races have allowed GOP leaders to claim a mandate for their let-it-be approach to pandemic management, with pleas for “personal responsibility” substituting government intervention. As hospitals fill and deaths climb, it’s a philosophy that public health experts warn could have disastrous consequences this winter….
[T]he election results suggest there is no political penalty in many areas of the country for failing to heed the advice of public health authorities. There may, in fact, be a benefit in not doing so and in arguing that economic interests take precedence. (Washington Post)
3. THE RIGHT HAS PLENTY TO WORK WITH REGARDING SHUTDOWNS AND HYPOCRISY
It isn’t just the boating aspirations of Marc Mallory (Mr. Gretchen Whitmer), the hair appointment of Nancy Pelosi, or the French Laundering of Gavin Newsom, as the Wall Street Journal ed board makes clear:
Nobody should begrudge the [California] Governor for celebrating a birthday with friends. The problem is that he and many politicians require the hoi polloi to follow strict virus rules that they don’t abide by themselves. Then they threaten lockdowns as punishment if the little people don’t comply.
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser traveled to Delaware to celebrate Joe Biden’s election victory even as she told her residents not to travel to other states. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is saying that people must “cancel traditional Thanksgiving plans,” and invite no guests, even as she joined a street party celebrating Mr. Biden’s apparent victory and spoke with a bullhorn.
No wonder so many Americans ignore politicians and other elites who lecture them about wearing masks and following Covid-19 rules as a moral duty.
4. TRUMPIAN MACHO OPPOSITION TO RESTRICTIONS RUNS STRONG STILL, EVEN IN DEFEAT
5. THE OVERWHELMED REDLANDS STILL ARE RESISTENT TO RESTRICT
Texas became the first state to surpass 1 million COVID-19 cases this week (followed by California), matching peak levels reached this summer and alarming public health experts ahead of the winter holidays, when infections are expected to soar.
Despite exhausted doctors and steady funeral processions, many Texans refused to wear masks or avoid crowded public places….
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and other state leaders have resisted pandemic shutdowns and restrictions, even in places such as El Paso. Texas’ attorney general joined local businesses suing to overturn the El Paso stay-home order.
Unlike California’s governor, Abbott hasn’t issued a coronavirus-related travel advisory ahead of the holidays or warned residents who travel out of state to quarantine when they return, even though Texas colleges have more infected students than any other state. On Friday, Dallas County's chief executive sent a letter to the governor requesting added pandemic restrictions. (Los Angeles Times)
6. AND/BUT, DESPITE WHAT THEY SAY AT ZABAR’S, THE PROBLEM IS NOT JUST IN THE REDLANDS
More than 200 people stood shoulder to shoulder shouting as two men sparred at the center of a Bronx warehouse. Some people hung over the barricades, social media showed, craning their necks for a better view. When one man knocked out the other, the crowd erupted in a thunderous roar.
The amateur fight would have been illegal before the pandemic, but with coronavirus cases spiking in the city, it risked being a dangerous underground event.
Sheriff’s deputies broke up the unlicensed fight club, known as “Rumble in the Bronx,” around 11:15 p.m. Saturday. Many of those crowding inside were drinking, smoking hookah and not wearing masks, the authorities said….
Hours before breaking up the fight club, sheriff’s deputies had also disbanded a party in Brooklyn with nearly 200 guests and another in Manhattan with over 200 people.
Kevin O’Hanlon, owner of Rogue Space, which hosted the event in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, expressed regret in a phone interview on Sunday.
“We’re about being a positive influence in the community, and this is not something I’m proud of at all,” he said. (New York Times)
7. DAYS ARE WASTING
Public health officials, members of Joe Biden’s transition team, and elected Democrats and Republicans urged President Donald Trump on Sunday to begin the transfer of power to President-elect Joe Biden, warning that continuing to waylay the process amid a spiking pandemic could endanger American lives. (Politico)
8. IT’S EVERYWHERE….
With a third surge of the Covid-19 pandemic hitting the U.S., many public-health authorities are warning the coronavirus is now so widespread that it will take pervasive new measures to contain it….
In earlier surges, infections were concentrated in cities such as New York and Chicago, or populous states like Florida and Texas. Many of the outbreaks then were linked to travelers returning from overseas or so-called superspreading events such as conferences, weddings and rallies.
Now, it is everywhere. People are becoming infected not just at big gatherings, but when they let their guard down, such as by not wearing a mask, while going about their daily routines or in smaller social settings that they thought of as safe—often among their own families or trusted friends. (Wall Street Journal)
9. …AND “EVERYWHERE” INCLUDES WHERE THE MOST VULNERABLE LIVE
Covid-19 deaths among vulnerable nursing-home residents are surging again, with the virus increasingly spreading to rural facilities that are struggling with staff shortages and other challenges….
This time, the virus is infiltrating a far-flung range of facilities, with a growing share of the deaths occurring in rural and small-town communities in states such as Wisconsin, North Dakota and Montana, where case counts have climbed rapidly. The pattern tracks how the virus is spreading more broadly throughout the U.S., hitting regions that had been largely spared earlier in the pandemic. (Wall Street Journal)
10. AND YET WE STILL DON’T REALLY UNDERSTAND HOW/WHEN/WHY IT SPREADS
Jay Varma, senior adviser for public health in the New York City mayor’s office, said 10% of the city’s infections are due to travel, 5% from gatherings, and another 5% from institutional settings such as nursing homes.
“The vast majority of the remainder—somewhere probably around 50% or more—we don’t have a way to directly attribute their source of infection,” Mr. Varma said. “And that’s a concern.” (Wall Street Journal)
11. AND THERE ARE FEWER ON THE FRONTLINES TO TREAT IT
Thousands of medical practices are closing in the United States, as doctors and nurses opt for early retirement or job changes after struggling with the stresses of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a survey of 3,500 doctors this summer by the Physicians Foundation, a nonprofit group, about 8 percent of the respondents reported closing their offices in recent months, which the foundation estimated could equal some 16,000 practices. Another 4 percent said they planned to close within the coming year.
Some doctors and nurses worry about their own health because of age or a medical condition that puts them at high risk. Others stopped practicing during the worst of the outbreaks and don’t have the energy to start again. Some simply need a break from the toll that the pandemic has taken among their peers and patients. (New York Times)
12. WE ARE SO DIVIDED THAT THE LOS ANGELES TIMES GETS MOBBED FOR DECIDING TO LISTEN TO TRUMP VOTERS
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13. FINALLY, THE PAGE IS NOT UNIVERSALLY TURNING ON THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION
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