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Deflecting attention from the rise in COVID-19 cases, President Donald Trump has repeatedly said the Obama administration “stopped testing” during the H1N1 pandemic. He’s correct that individual reporting was halted after a few months, but some testing did continue — and the two viruses are very different, making the comparison misleading.
I'm really beginning to wonder if there is any reliable information about each state's coronavirus status
It's probably like the telescreen's blathering on about the production of pig iron and the Times' figures on the tens of millions of boots produced, which bears no semblance as to how many boots, if any, were actually produced. (from "1984")
"Winston, however, in rewriting the forecast, marked the figure down to fifty-seven millions, so as to allow for the usual claim that the quota had been overfulfilled. In any case, sixty-two millions was no nearer the truth than fifty-seven millions, or than 145 millions. Very likely no boots had been produced at all. Likelier still, nobody knew how many had been produced, much less cared. All one knew was that every quarter astronomical numbers of boots were produced on paper, while perhaps half the population of Oceania went barefoot. And so it was with every class of recorded fact, great or small. Everything faded away into a shadow-world in which, finally, even the date of the year had become uncertain."
Did you see this news item today (July 17)
If the COVID death count is accurate. We don’t even know that because of the way they count it. No one said it isn’t a serious illness. But there was no reason for H1N1 to ever get out of control the way it did. If we had figured out protocols then we might have been more prepared now.
Another interesting news item (July 17)
An unpublished document prepared for the White House coronavirus task force [bolding mine --MD] and obtained by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit newsroom, recommends that 18 states in the coronavirus "red zone" for cases should roll back reopening measures amid surging cases.
The article notes that "The report comes despite President Donald Trump's insistence that states reopen and a push to send the nation's children back to school, even as cases increase. "Now we're open, and we want to stay open and we will stay open. We're not closing. We'll put out the fires as they come out. . . ."
With 18 states in the red zone for cases, it would seem that the Trump fire department is not keeping up with the fires.
I saw where the CDC can now still receive reports. I suspect DT forgot that states have their own Department of Health and their own reporting laws so it would be impossible to hide the numbers. Plus John Hopkins does their own data collection.
After the mess in Florida, I am not surprised they need a better way to track. 100% positive tests and it’s barely been mentioned in the news. Why are they covering it up?