Signs of the Times:
> a crowded Colorado restaurant on Mother’s’ Day.
> Jam-packed taverns in Wisconsin.
> Dr. Fauci sidelined in the White House, as pundits speculate on when he’ll be fired.
Upshot: the lockdown season is ending, not with a bang, but a whimper— many whimpers, if anyone will still listen to those who are now to die needlessly.
Leana Wen, an ER doc and public health prof, told it like it is in the Washington Post today:
Unfortunately, due to a late start, inconsistent state actions and a lack of federal direction, most states have yet to see a consistent decline in cases, much less reduced them to low enough levels for [the lockdown] to work.
No state has achieved sufficient testing and contact tracing.
Reopening under these circumstances means we are giving up on containing covid-19.
“No state” includes my own, North Carolina. Continue reading The Viral Turning Point, and After