‘We’re past the point of containment’

Experts prove…

Top health officials are warning that the U.S. has entered a new stage in dealing with the coronavirus. “We’re past the point of containment,” said Dr. Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration during the first two years of Lord Damp Nut’s administration.

“We have to implement broad mitigation strategies. The next two weeks are really going to change the complexion in this country. We’ll get through this, but it’s going to be a hard period.”

From the No D’Uh Files:  the State Department is urging U.S. citizens to not travel on cruise ships. That warning comes as the Grand Princess, with nearly 3,000 travelers aboard, prepares to dock today in the Port of Oakland in California. Also: “CDC warns against long plane trips and cruises as coronavirus cases mount,”

The MIT Newsletter now has a fascinating round-up of Coronavirus links! Some are more interesting than others, but all are worthwhile:

  + We don’t know how many Americans have been tested for coronavirus. (The Atlantic)
+ Increased surveillance may continue in China long after the crisis is over. (The Guardian)
+ US colleges are moving online as the virus spreads. (NYT $)
+ Amazon Flex workers won’t get paid if they self-isolate. Uber drivers will.(The Verge)
+ How events unfolded (and continue to unfold) in Wuhan. (London Review of Books)
+ Europe’s more generous social policies should ease the toll of the virus. (NYT $)
+ Kids can get coronavirus. They just don’t get that sick. (Wired $)
+ Bill Gates is funding a program to deliver home-testing kits for coronavirus. (The Seattle Times)
+ Coronavirus is making people scared of going into work. (IEEE Spectrum)
+ SXSW is cancelled for the first time in its 34-year history. (Quartz)
+ Zuckerberg’s college buddy is leading Facebook’s coronavirus response.(Protocol)
+ Wash your hands, but skip the electric dryer. (Wired $)
+ A mathematician explains how to understand the numbers. (NYT $)
+ It’s going to take a long time to develop a coronavirus vaccine. (The New Yorker)


Meanwhile, the stock market was automatically halted for 15 minutes this morning. Axios Alert! –

Under “circuit breaker” rules, stocks will resume trading 15 minutes after the halt. The halt on Monday morning was the first since the rules were implemented after the financial crisis.

  • If there’s a subsequent drop of 14% from the last trading close, there will be another 15-minute trading halt.
  • If there’s a 20% drop at any point, that would halt trading for the rest of the day.

One might say we’re past the point of containment there, too. Also.

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3 Responses to ‘We’re past the point of containment’

  1. sos says:

    Unless I miss my guess, we’ve been MAGA’d

    So much frickin’ winning. I am officially tired of winning.

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  2. reminds me of 2008 when Bush the second was leaving office and the economy tanked. Only today we get the added joy Corona Virus…should wipe out US health system…certainly overwhelm it.
    Never a boring moment in the modern world

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  3. Bruce388 says:

    If there were ever a time for more MAGAt rallies, this is it.

    Liked by 1 person

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