The Trump-Virus is Raging, and Help Might Be On The Way!

H/T Dennis Cole

Guys, Tiger Beat says it’s really serious (emphasis mine):

The United States’ surging coronavirus outbreak is on pace to hit nearly 1 million new cases a week by the end of the year — a scenario that could overwhelm health systems across much of the country and further complicate President-elect Joe Biden’s attempts to coordinate a response.

From the L.A. Times email thingie:

The country reported more than 126,000 positive cases and more than 1,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. It marked the fourth day in a row that new cases topped more than 100,000.

It was widely reported yesterday that over 10M Americans were already infected and that’s as we head indoors for winter and for family-centric gatherings, which you know, often includes cramming into an aluminum tube with strangers and recycled air for hours. Gonna repeat myself: Don’t go anywhere, don’t have guests. Chill and Netflix, baby (Hubba-hubba!). We continue.

It’s so serious that even ruby-red Utah is taking it seriously:

Utah governor orders statewide mask mandate, new coronavirus restrictions

Utah’s governor declared a new state of emergency late Sunday after the state’s most devastating week of the pandemic, as COVID-19 infections skyrocketed and deaths hit new highs. His big concern is the surge in hospitalizations that may soon overwhelm doctors and nurses.

Gov. Gary Herbert issued a series of new restrictions, including a statewide mask mandate — a step he has resisted for months.

But there’s some positive news:

Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech is strongly effective, early data from large trial indicate

Pfizer and partner BioNTech said Monday that their vaccine against Covid-19 was strongly effective, exceeding expectations with results that are likely to be met with cautious excitement — and relief — in the face of the global pandemic.

The vaccine is the first to be tested in the United States to generate late-stage data. The companies said an early analysis of the results showed that individuals who received two injections of the vaccine three weeks apart experienced more than 90% fewer cases of symptomatic Covid-19 than those who received a placebo. For months, researchers have cautioned that a vaccine that might only be 60% or 70% effective.

And sometime today, Handsome Joe Biden is gonna announce his own Trump-Virus task force, which allegedly might include Science! Medicine! —and not politics and loyalty oaths, go figure. (Emphasis is Tiger Beat’s, and no, I dunno why) :

“The United States’ surging coronavirus outbreak is on pace to hit nearly 1 million new cases a week by the end of the year — a scenario that could overwhelm health systems across much of the country and further complicate President-elect Joe Biden’s attempts to coordinate a response.

“Biden, who is naming his own coronavirus task force Monday, has pledged to confront new shortages of protective gear for health workers and oversee distribution of masks, test kits and vaccines while beefing up contact tracing and reengaging with the World Health Organization. He will also push Congress to pass a massive Covid-19 relief package and pressure the governors who’ve refused to implement mask mandates for new public health measures as cases rise.

“But all of those actions — a sharp departure from the Trump administration’s patchwork response that put the burden on states— will have to wait until Biden takes office. Congress, still feeling reverberations from the election, may opt to simply run out the clock on its legislative year. Meanwhile, the virus is smashing records for new cases and hospitalizations as cold weather drives gatherings indoors and people make travel plans for the approaching holidays.”

Our pals at Electoral-Vote has some details that the others missed:

Biden will name his coronavirus task force today. It will be co-chaired by former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and former FDA Commissioner David Kessler. It is likely that it will pay more attention to science and less to politics than the current one, which is chaired by Mike Pence.

I don’t know if the cavalry will arrive in time. The logistics for getting the world immunized is unimaginably complicated, let along our own bumbling American selves.  This is a time when herd mentality really is a factor. And given how Lord Damp Nut screwed the pornstar, er, pooch, I’m not sure how much to trust this vaccine. It’s going to depend on what Fauci says.

UPDATE 1: Junior Mints is an incredible shitheel:

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11 Responses to The Trump-Virus is Raging, and Help Might Be On The Way!

  1. “Oklahomans pulled together back in April so we could safely reopen our economy, and I am asking for that same unified effort once again to slow the spread of this virus and keep Oklahomans safe,” Stitt said.

    Well, you didn’t’ actually do it all that safely then, didja? Oh wait. You opened up, started getting cases and just did not stop:

    That’s not what “Bending the curve” means….

    I remain encouraged by the prevalence of mask wearing where I go here…although that might just be biased by the fact that I DON’T GO PLACES where people aren’t wearing them.

    (we’re also lucky to have Dem control at the city and county level We’re the 2nd most populous county (Pima) but we’ve managed to keep our per-capita case count lower than most of the state:

    Science, bitchez. It works! )

    My dumbass brother is off shopping at the mall and going to restaurants every week…despite the fact that his wife has severe COPD and is dependent on oxygen already…

    3 guesses who HE voted for 😦

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  2. Bruce388 says:

    How about the My Pillow guy? Will he still be helping to steer us through the trump virus?

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  3. Weird Dave says:

    I found the timing of the announcement somewhat, shall we say, amusing too. But be that as it may (sorry LDN) a reported 90+% effective and no serious side effects out of over 40,000 guinea pigs, so as long as Big Pharma is being truthful here very good news.
    Still insane logistics getting it distributed (have to store it at -80C, only 50 million doses world wide in the next few months and you need two of them) and that does not even begin to take into account the anti-vaxxers, but maybe by the end of 2021 things will be a little more normal.

    In the mean time I’m still wearing my mask and not going to the movies.

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  4. ming says:

    I had to do some fieldwork in southeast Idaho last month that involved an overnight stay in Provo and picking up a 4-wheeler in Bountiful on my way through. Not one mask anywhere – we got total side eye from everyone we saw. Southeast Idaho (i.e. Northern Utah) was even worse. They had an outbreak at the high school that involved 10 percent of the kids. Still, virtually no masks at the grocery store and people were openly hostile to the few people that wearing them. And Trumped up….holy crap. I’ve been working up there for a couple of decades and have family from Idaho, so no surprise, but political differences aside, I’ve always found people there to be decent and to have an abundance of common sense. Now it is like they have lost their fucking minds. They are completely willing endanger themselves, their friends, and their families because the social pressure to not be an apostate is so intense and masks are considered to be a sign of weakness… or even worse, latent Democrat tendencies. So anyway, good on Utah for finally requiring mask, but good luck getting people to comply. Makes me happy to live in the peoples republic of Gunnison, an island of blue in a sea of red western Colorado, Utah, and Idaho. We have Covid-19 under better control than the rest of our neighbors because we have been wearing masks since last March with a 90 to 95% compliance rate. I’m afraid a lot more people are going to have to get sick before Trump country gets with the program..

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  5. sos says:

    SCIENCE WAITS FOR NO ONE!

    *except Jr Mints

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  6. osirisopto says:

    I’m waiting for the RWNJ’s to rise up and demand to know why President Biden didn’t do something about the virus sooner.

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  7. osirisopto says:

    All right, who told Poo about the plan to victimize him and his ill-gotten brood of sleaze, slime, and dumb-fucks?

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  8. roket says:

    It appears Daddy-O should have given Pfizer more money Junior. His cut was probably too big for their liking.

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