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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    The CDC is also conflating testing stats. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/05/cdc-and-states-are-misreporting-covid-19-test-data-pennsylvania-georgia-texas/611935/
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    trillions but we're the world reserve currency and borrowing's free right now so print those checks
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    France and Spain did large studies as well and both came up with 5%. These are two of the hardest hit countries.
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    Hope these changes are based on medical expertise and not economic or political pressure
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    Never could have seen this coming
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    I probably won't eat in a restaurant until we hit phase 5 (treatment or vaccine or minimal cases in state). Unfortunately probably the same for travel.
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    in the picture on the right, he could be my older brother's twin (minus the tats), down to the facial expression
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    Virginia and Colorado are also including antibody tests as well I believe, though I'm not so sure about only counting positive COVID tests. Either way, lots of states are juking the stats for total testing, positive test rates, and death rates. We're going to take the "magical thinking" option of pretending the problem isn't even real and suppressing any information to the contrary.
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    I think we'll see initial surges of pent-up demand (and some people trying to make a political point) followed by a tapering off to levels much lower than they were in the Before Times.
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    2019-2020 Official NBA Thread

    " And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee."
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    If only we had first hand accounts of this, on this very thread. Oh well.
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    More lazy responses to arguments nobody actually made.
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    He wasn't telling people to stay calm. He was saying we had 15 cases and it was going to go to zero soon. Either he was profoundly unprepared to handle what was coming very shortly, something that he had been warned about internally for weeks by that point, or he was lying to the American people in a deeply damaging way. He continues to push unproven and dangerous fixes to this day. It's dangerous. Ventilator production was eventually ramped up after long delays. Thankfully, thanks to effective social distancing measures, our hospitals haven't been overwhelmed and the initial shortages didn't cost lives. Instead, states have had to bid against each other while the federal government confiscates supplies to do who knows what with them. A competent government would have ramped up PPE production in January or February. Other countries haven't seen the level of dysfunction we have. He has no direct power to force states closed or open. What he has done is claim that he has this power, told states to do what they think is best, had his administration release guidelines for opening and then strongly attacked those states and encouraged protests and defiance if they don't open up right away in contradiction with his own guidelines. The CDC is not advocating for locking down forever. This is more lazyiness. They in fact have put out guidelines for states reopening, though they were initially blocked by Trump officials. I'm not willing to simply write off the lives of the elderly or have some other disease. A competent federal government would be able to stem the economic damage, but the failures there include both parties in Congress. I too have friends who have suffered huge downturns in their business, but they both fully support taking sane, rational measures to address a pandemic. This is one lazy half-truth excuse after another.
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    It's a Monday! We always get low reports on Mondays. I'm happy that my MIL is one of the negative tests today, though. It was fun having to wait all weekend. My boss took an antibody test today and will get those results in a few more days.
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    The CDC does lots of things. He specifically fired the pandemic preparation team. Lots of people wrote, at the time, that this was going to leave us seriously unprepared in the event of a pandemic. Not hindsight, foresight. Really obvious foresight. A reasonable President: wouldn't have been insisting in late February that this would never break out in the US. wouldn't be peddling snake oil cures or lying about testing availability or necessity. may have invoked the DPA much earlier in order to ramp up production of PPE and other medical equipment. would have implemented a national strategy for PPE purchasing and distribution rather than states having to do James Bond-level shit including guarding their purchases with state national guard forces so they don't get confiscated by the federal government and then disappear would have implemented a national strategy for locking down for a duration and then safely reopening rather than constantly going back and forth over whether he has total authority over states would not try to wash his hands and eventually say "well it's up to the states" while at the same time attacking any states that don't do exactly what he wants would not have stopped the CDC from issuing reasonable, science-based guidelines for states to reopen That's just off the top of my head, I'm sure there's plenty more. The failures here are not solely within the White House or at the federal level, though. You can find numerous posts from me and others in this thread criticizing Cuomo, De Blasio, and others. I think the House Democrats are still failing to put forward the policies we need and the leadership we're lacking. You just keep saying any specific criticisms of the way the federal government has addressed or failed to address this pandemic are lazy without ever really addressing anything. The federal government has failed here, and it's cost Americans lives, and their failures will continue to cost lives.
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    You keep saying "hindsight," but a lot of other countries took different paths, paths that the experts were recommending at the time. The current administration decided to fire their pandemic teams and ignore the prep work done by previous administrations. They decided to downplay it as much as possible early on rather than ramping up production of PPE or testing or medical equipment. They are aggressively pushing the "reopen now" message when actual experts are absolutely not recommending that. It's not hindsight. The criticism is happening in real time, with predictions of what the current actions will result in. Our first case was in late January, and we did basically nothing to prepare. We're still wasting a lot of time that the lockdown measures, which can't go on forever, have bought us.
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    Looks kinda flat to me? It's not that a single chart is that big of a deal, it's more that there's no way that manipulation wasn't intentional, and that it's just so over-the-top that it's comical.
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    In awe of this
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    2020 Catch-All

    Here's where the creek runs through the edge of my backyard. Today, like normal, you can't even see the creek. It's about a foot below the bank where last years' cattails are: Yesterday, the water was up to where I took the picture this morning and flowing strongly thankfully my yard slopes pretty well away from the house in two directions so I didn't have to worry about flooding.
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    2020 Catch-All

    This is the creek that runs near my house. The water level is normally a good 5' below the bottom of the bridge and the creek wouldn't even be visible from where I was standing. I'd say we got a decent amount of rain in the last few days...
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