Scotties Toy Box

The Many Things In My Toy Box ….my view may change due to verifiable evidence

The coronavirus is spreading at dangerous levels across much of the United States, and public health experts are demanding a dramatic reset in the national response, one that recognizes that the crisis is intensifying and that current piecemeal strategies aren’t working.

This is a new phase of the pandemic, one no longer built around local or regional clusters and hot spots. It comes at an unnerving moment in which the economy suffered its worst collapse since the Great Depression, schools are rapidly canceling plans for in-person instruction and Congress has failed to pass a new emergency relief package. President Trump continues to promote fringe science, the daily death toll keeps climbing and the human cost of the virus in America has just passed 150,000 lives.


“Unlike many countries in the world, the United States is not currently on course to get control of this epidemic. It’s time to reset,” declared a report released this week by Johns Hopkins University.

Another report from the Association of American Medical Colleges offered a similarly blunt message: “If the nation does not change its course — and soon — deaths in the United States could be well into the multiple hundreds of thousands.”

An internal Trump administration briefing document prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and obtained Friday by The Washington Post counted 453,659 new infections in the past week.

Alaska is in trouble. And Hawaii, Missouri, Montana and Oklahoma. Those are the five states, as of Friday, with the highest percentage increase in the seven-day average of new cases, according to a Post analysis of nationwide health data.

“The dominoes are falling now,” said David Rubin, director of the PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which has produced a model showing where the virus is likely to spread over the next four weeks.

His team sees ominous trends in big cities, including Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Louisville, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Washington, with Boston and New York not far behind. And Rubin warns that the expected influx of students into college towns at the end of this month will be another epidemiological shock.

Thirty-seven states and Puerto Rico will probably see rising daily death tolls during the next two weeks compared with the previous two weeks, according to the latest ensemble forecast from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst that combines more than 30 coronavirus models.

Some experts argue for a full six-to-eight-week national shutdown, something even more sweeping than what was instituted in the spring. There appears to be no political support for such a move.

Neil Bradley, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said fresh federal intervention is necessary in this second wave of closures. Enhanced federal unemployment benefits expired at the end of July, with no agreement on a new stimulus package in sight.


“Congress, on a bipartisan basis, was trying to create a bridge to help individuals and businesses navigate the period of a shutdown,” Bradley said. “Absent an extension of that bridge, in light of a second shutdown, that bridge becomes a pier. And then that’s a real problem.”

There is a lot more at the link above.   Hugs

6 thoughts on “Coronavirus threat rises across U.S.: ‘We just have to assume the monster is everywhere’

  1. Nan says:

    Again and again and again, these agencies tell us the virus is NOT going away and will CONTINUE to spread, infect, and kill. But Trump says it’s all a lie and since he’s the (divine) leader of the U.S., his opinion is all that matters to his (rabid) supporters.

    So just get over it, folks. Live with it! The Master has spoken. And his word is … well, you can tag it with whatever descriptive word works for you.

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    1. Scottie says:

      Hello Nan. The difference that having a real leader for a country or a charlatan. But on a different note, what does it gain tRump to keep on his course of denial? The furthering of plunging the country into death and sickness? What is his gain? His own narcissistic personality and ego is what drives it. The entire world, the country, his election chances as the rest of us see it could burn down, but in his mind, which is the only mind that counts he sees this all as a win. He knows now he is right, it is a hoax, that the drug he touts is a cure, that everyone that speaks against him is lying, so he is really the embattered savior of the nation.

      Do you remember when after he left office it came out that Reagan had alzheimer’s the last term in office? That basically Nancy and his staff ran the government. Well now we have something similar going on only there are no adults in the room to take over. I don’t think we need to speculate to see tRump has deteriorated massively in the last few years, and his own evil right wing Nazi- want-to-be sycophants are pushing their own agendas. My only question is how much of those agendas are from Ivanka and Jared? Of do they even care? Hugs


      1. Nan says:

        Personally, I don’t Ivanks and Jared are involved to any great extent. I think it’s people like Barr, Mnuchin, Jim Jordan, etc. that are the ones pushing and shoving. And with Trump’s IQ being what it is, along with them giving him lots and lots of praise, he’ll pretty much to do whatever they tell him to do. And of course claim CREDIT for it!

        I may be wrong, but I think Ivanka and Jared will move along after Trump is OUT.

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        1. Scottie says:

          Helloo Nan. Very possible that you are correct. However reports are that Jared is very ambisous and prtective of his authorites. Like all wealthy brats he is convinced he is the smartest in the room. From reporting Ivanka feels she is entitled to be in charge due to her wealth and her father. They are all ego driven people who’s wealthy makes them think they are superior to any others. I think it is hilarious that the maga cult want Donny tRump Jr for president in 2020. Remember last year when there was talk of tRump replacing Pence with either Jr or Ivanka? The cult think of tRump and family as US royalty and want a dynasty. tRump has compared himself to the Kennedys. He is clueless, no one in his family has earned the respect the Kennedys have, but tRump thinks they are better than the Kennedys. Hugs


          1. Nan says:

            IMO, Jared and Ivanka can do pretty much whatever they want in private life … they really don’t need the perks that come with government positions. Undoubtedly they will take their time in the White House and capitalize on it, but I still tend to think that once “he” is gone, they will also move on.

            Now, having said that … IF Trump were to be reelected, he very well might try to put Ivanka in as VP. Not sure if he could — not that familiar with the statues, etc. on such an action. However, if memory serves, neither she nor Jared have ever passed the security stuff and it would seem for that position, it would be a MUST.

            Ahhh yes. It’s like experiencing those incidents when you dream you’re awake but you can’t move …

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            1. Scottie says:

              Hello Nan. When they were both refused a clearance for the third time tRump put a crony in charge of clearances who on orders from tRump gave both Jared and Ivanka security clearances. Hugs

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