In mid-April, the University of Washington’s oft-cited Covid-19 modelprojected 62,000 US fatalities from the pandemic through August 4. At the end of that month, they revised their projection up to 73,000, then to 134,000 in early May. We are still weeks away from that date, have already suffered 142,000 deaths and they recently revised their projection up to 225,000 deaths by Election day. (They also project that we could avoid 45,500 of those fatalities if Trump hadn’t helped make masks a dopey front in the culture wars and everyone wore one for the next three-and-a-half months.)
Trump fears his base will turn on him if he flips and calls for nationwide mask guidelines: CNN
“Ron, there is a retail trade group that has asked President Trump to institute federal, nationwide mask guidelines at stores across the country as the country continues to re-open,” said anchor Alex Marquardt. “Experts are saying that masks could save thousands of lives in the coming months. Do you see a scenario in which — any chance in which he would issue that?”
"I think the short answer is no..."
Lower cognitive ability linked to non-compliance with social distancing guidelines
New research provides evidence that working memory and fluid intelligence are associated with engaging in social distancing in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic. The new study has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. On March 11th, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of the novel coronavirus SARS‐CoV‐2 to be a global pandemic. Governments around the world urged people to follow preventive health measures such as frequent hand washing and physical distancing. But not everyone abided by the safety guidelines.
“I’d vote for a tuna fish sandwich before I’d vote for Donald Trump again.”
Republicans against Trump… many who voted for him in 2016