And here we thought alcohol killed viruses…
Boston cancels St. Patrick's Day parade https://t.co/iUn6xitsqI
— Adam Gaffin (@universalhub) March 9, 2020
(So has Ireland, but TBH Paddy’s Day parades are a recent, mostly tourism-based event in the Auld Sod. They’ve been a massive fixture here in Boston, and later NYC, since the 1700s. They started as a form of political protest — like a precursor of the Black Lives Matter marches.)
Speaking of public clownshows…
Not only does the CDC not update its coronavirus stats on weekends–they only update it once a day at noon on weekdays! https://t.co/Ej2lI90iVl
— Lindsay Beyerstein (@beyerstein) March 9, 2020
Since I’ve been doing this seven days a week, and update right around close-of-business hours for Asia, arguably Balloon Juice is doing a better coverage job than the Trump admin allows the CDC. Blessed!
— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) March 10, 2020
The fact that the press all called the 1912 flu outbreak "the Spanish flu" actively helped the virus spread
It meant that months after its origin was no longer relevant people kept being hypervigilant about travel and shipping from Spain and misallocating their resources https://t.co/WcMQixqbd2
— Arthur Chu (@arthur_affect) March 9, 2020
Oh boy: The Trump Administration Is Stalling an Intel Report That Warns the U.S. Isn’t Ready for a Global Pandemic https://t.co/TpbynAHR3v
— Laura Walker ??????? ?????????????? (@LauraWalkerKC) March 10, 2020
This right here is exactly why I am concerned about the US failure to roll out widespread #coronavirus testing. If there is a political need to have low #COVID19 case numbers and testing is intentionally limited, the results for public health could be catastrophic. https://t.co/OzJgHZILz8
— Dr. Angela Rasmussen (@angie_rasmussen) March 9, 2020
NEW: Because we can’t get a straight answer from the Trump Administration, I have checked with lab companies.
The best estimate is it will be 8 weeks before we have all the nationwide testing we need.
— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) March 9, 2020
Thinking back on outbreaks I've reported on (H5N1, anthrax, West Nile, SARS, H1N1, Ebola) and how different it felt that public health and the White House were aligned.
Then remembered AIDS and Reagan.
Suddenly realized why @gregggonsalves' voice is SO valuable right now.
— Maryn McKenna (@marynmck) March 9, 2020
Trump is total meltdown. He told aides he thinks journalists want to get coronavirus on purpose to spread it to him on Air Force One. My latest:https://t.co/TTpT6sdnHS
— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) March 9, 2020