Guys, the news was full of pictures of the callous Yutes of Today crammed into pools and on beaches, mostly unmasked, and often not, um, socially distanced. Just saying if you are a Yute or have some Yutes in your life, do better. Viruses and infections do not take off holidays.
Axios has an infographic up that clearly shows that the number of cases far outstrips the amount of testing… in many states (28). Let us examine Texas (America’s Lab for Bad Policy) as an example. They have increased their June-to-July testing by 118% (Yay!) but their cases are up 422% (boo!).
But there is also a good number of states (21!) where there was more testing than cases. The Great Stet of Warshington (to randomly chose an example) had 132% more testing and only 103% more cases over the same time period.
In other words, Prznint Stupid is full of shit when he says that the only reason there are more cases is more testing.
The United States’ alarming rise in coronavirus cases isn’t due to increased testing — particularly not where cases have grown fastest over the last month.
Why it matters: The U.S. doesn’t yet know what it looks like when a pandemic rages on relatively unchecked after the health system has become overwhelmed. It may be about to find out.
The big picture: The number of tests completed in the United States is going up, which is a good thing. But the number of new cases is increasing faster.
- The situation varies state by state, but the gap between testing and cases is generally largest in the cases with the fastest-growing coronavirus outbreaks, like Florida and Texas.
- But in some places, like the District of Columbia and New York, testing has grown faster than new cases — a good indicator that these outbreaks are under control.
All that said, it was incredibly dumb, dangerous, and irresponsible for Comrade Stupid to hold cheek-to-jowl, unmasked, super-spreader events this weekend, even if it was for his Two-Minute Hate Rallies (H/T 1984). We’ll be watching to see the spikes in about 10 days to two weeks.
And we are noting an about-face (see what I did there?) as Prznint Stupid’s 2020 Goat Rodeo campaign says that at an up-coming rally in Portsmouth, N.H., “all attendees will be provided a face mask that they are strongly encouraged to wear.” Which they will promptly throw away.
Better late than never. Welcome to the Disaster Party, Possum Hollar.