President Donald Trump held a rambling roundtable Monday afternoon, wrongly declaring that he has already saved millions of lives during the coronavirus pandemic, and insisting that children return to school in the fall.
After being told Los Angeles just announced all fall public school classes will be held online, New York is delaying the start of school, and summer school teachers have died after contracting coronavirus, President Trump interrupted a questioner and dismissively declared, “Yeah, the schools should be opened. Schools should be opened. Kids want to go to school.”
He even claimed, “You’re losing a lot of lives by keeping things closed,” although he did not explain how.
“We did the right thing we saved millions of lives,” Trump added, “we saved millions of lives. Had we not done the initial closure, we would have had two – Mike and I were talking about it – two to three million lives lost. But we did that, so we’re at about 135,000, and we’ll be at, somewhat higher than that by the time it ends.”
“We would have lost two million, three million lives had we not done it,” Trump claimed.
Trump once declared if there were only 60,000 coronavirus deaths he will have done a “good job.” So far about 135,000 people in the U.S have died from the virus.
His claim he blocked people from China from entering the U.S. is false. Tens of thousands poured into the United States because his executive order was weak. In fact, the AP reported it was “more like a sieve.”
Trump on his message to parents worried about the safety of their kids in public schools amid a pandemic: “Yeah, the schools should be opened. Schools should be opened. Kids want to go to schools. You’re losing a lot of lives by keeping things closed.” pic.twitter.com/RqxRgREqfo
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 13, 2020
Dr. Fauci warns of post-Thanksgiving COVID-19 surge in US
The United States is the worst-affected country, with 266,074 Covid-19 deaths, and President Donald Trump's administration has issued conflicting messages on mask-wearing, travel and the danger posed by the virus.
"There almost certainly is going to be an uptick because of what has happened with the travel," Fauci told CNN's "State of the Union."
Travel surrounding Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday made this the busiest week in US airports since the pandemic began.
"We may see a surge upon a surge" in two or three weeks, Fauci added. "We don't want to frighten people, but that's the reality."
City and state governments are desperate without COVID stimulus — and cuts are about to be deep
The nation's state and local governments have been hit the hardest during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic than any other time over the last 70 years and now The Wall Street Journal reports the economic downturn could be even worse next year.
Governments went into the downturn with fat reserve funds and have benefited from federal aid. Barring a quick economic recovery or another round of stimulus, state and local officials could have to make more cuts.
Coronavirus mutates rapidly in mink and ferrets. Should we be afraid?
2020 has been an unpredictable year, but it's safe to say that even the most cynical doomsday preppers didn't anticipate checking off "dead, coronavirus-infected mink rising from their graves" from their figurative 2020 bingo cards.
This article first appeared in Salon.
Yet that is precisely what has happened in Denmark, as thousands of mink have been killed and buried in shallow graves to halt the spread of SARS-CoV-2, according to The Guardian. Thankfully the mink did not rise up because they had been resurrected; the more innocuous, though still disgusting, explanation is that their bodies were bloated with decomposition gases and rose to the surface naturally because they had been buried en masse just below the surface.