— Reuters (@Reuters) May 8, 2020
I try to be upbeat, first thing in the morning, but let’s be honest: This is all we’ll be talking about, regardless.
Why CDC guidance won’t be released:
1. Guidelines say states should not reopen while their Covid cases are increasing.
2. Trump admin wants states to reopen regardless.
3. White House does not want to be accountable, and guidelines would make them so. https://t.co/SIW92i6Huu
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) May 7, 2020
NY Times released the draft here: https://t.co/GyOvCZXsrC
It provides guidance for states with lower rates of infection in every situation. Why would the admin reject this draft?
— Carol DeVoe (@caroldevoe) May 8, 2020
He’s a monster, surrounded by cronies and toadies, and every single Republic offical down to the drain-commissioner level is complicit in this horrorshow.
… The reopening guidance was described by one of the federal officials as a touchstone document that was to be used as a blueprint for other groups inside the CDC who are creating the same type of instructional materials for other facilities.
The guidance contained detailed advice for making site-specific decisions related to reopening schools, restaurants, summer camps, churches, day care centers and other institutions. It had been widely shared within the CDC and included detailed “decision trees,” flow charts to be used by local officials to think through different scenarios. One page of the document can be found on the CDC website via search engines, but it did not appear to be linked to any other CDC pages…
Still, behind the scenes, CDC scientists like those who produced the guidance for “Opening Up America Again″ are working to get information to local governments. The agency still employs hundreds of the world’s most respected epidemiologists and doctors, who in times of crisis are looked to for their expertise, said former CDC director Tom Frieden. People have clicked on the CDC’s coronavirus website more than 1.2 billion times.
States that directly reach out to the CDC can tap guidance that’s been prepared but that the White House has not released.
“I don’t think that any state feels that the CDC is deficient. It’s just the process of getting stuff out,” Plescia said.
Also in the news this morning, because it’s not just a horrorshow, it’s also a clownshow:
After learning one of his valets was infected, Trump became "lava level mad" at his staff and said he doesn't feel they're doing all they can to protect him.
The unknowingly infected valet was close to Trump throughout the day on a consistent basis. https://t.co/BgASWrpk1G
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 7, 2020
I’ll believe that Trump is growing into the presidency when his staff stops talking about him like a toddler. https://t.co/KoZAK1n4So[This is the 1378th tweet in the #ToddlerinChief thread.] pic.twitter.com/rQD3zewWOM
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) May 8, 2020
Maybe Trump just hasn’t been offered the right mask yet. pic.twitter.com/QRyrqYuiWC
— Schooley (@Rschooley) May 7, 2020
(The original of that mask was worn by Immortan Joe, leader of the death cult in Mad Max: Fury Road.)