A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds 60% of Americans say the worst is yet to come in the coronavirus pandemic, while 31% said the outbreak is not likely to be a major problem in the U.S.
“Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death.”
— World Health Organization officials said the spread of the coronavirus across more than 100 countries now qualifies as a global pandemic, confirming what many epidemiologists have been saying for weeks, the New York Times reports.
“We are 10 days from our hospitals getting creamed.”
— Former White House homeland security adviser Thomas Bossert, who coordinated the U.S. response to global pandemics before his position was cut, told NBC News that time is running out to control the spread of coronavirus.
“It will go away, just stay calm. Be calm. It’s really working out. And a lot of good things are going to happen.”
— President Trump, quoted by CNN, on the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are the captains of the ship. We are the last to leave.”
— Speaker Nancy Pelosi, quoted by Politico, shutting down suggestions of allowing lawmakers to vote remotely.
“As Trump pushes a nothing-to-see-here message in public, sources said he’s privately terrified about getting the virus… Stories about Trump’s coronavirus fears have spread through the White House. Last week Trump told aides he’s afraid journalists will try to purposefully contract coronavirus to give it to him on Air Force One… The source also said Trump has asked the Secret Service to set up a screening program and bar anyone who has a cough from the White House grounds.”
“For a president who lives in the moment, rarely planning too far ahead, the coronavirus has proved to be a leadership challenge he was not prepared for either. The outbreak that has rattled the nation does not respond to Mr. Trump’s favorite instruments of power: It cannot be cowed by Twitter posts, it cannot be shot down by drones, it cannot be overcome by party solidarity, it cannot be overpowered by campaign rally chants.”
Trump’s response to coronavirus has been just pathetic —
He’s sidelined the scientists and muzzled the medics.
He can’t maintain his focus,
The stats he cites are bogus,
And it seems like we’re in for a full-blown Trumpidemic.