And there you have it folks.
Courtesy of The Hill:
The novel coronavirus has killed more than 31,000 people in the United States and top health officials project about 60,000 Americans will die from COVID-19 by August, but two experts say the majority of deaths may have been avoided if social distancing measures were implemented just two weeks earlier than they were.
Epidemiologists Britta L. Jewell and Nicholas P. Jewell Tuesday wrote in an op-ed in The New York Times that 90 percent of coronavirus deaths in the U.S. could have possibly been avoided if social distancing began March 2, when there were only 11 deaths recorded in the nation. If such policies would have been put in place one week earlier, on March 9, the epidemiologists say there could have been a 60 percent reduction in fatalities.
“Whatever the final death toll is in the United States, the cost of waiting will be enormous, a tragic consequence of the exponential spread of the virus early in the epidemic,” the experts wrote.
While reading this keep in mind that there are still states which have not even started their social distancing protocols.
Some might call this Monday morning quarterbacking and make the very accurate observation that hindsight is 20/20.
But this is not just about a slow response.
Donald Trump dismantled the programs we had in place to warn us and issue guidelines about a coming pandemic, and then openly denied that it was a problem even after cases started popping up all over the country and Americans started to die.
Trump was not just slow to respond, he denied for weeks that he even had to respond.
At this point I am sure that some conservatives will say that nobody would have responded quickly enough to save 90% more American lives.
And to that I will respond, “Wrong, there was at least one.”
That’s right, you can call her names, suggest that she ran a bad campaign, or even suggest that she is a closet lesbian, but what you cannot deny is that she was the queen of being overprepared and that she would have been on this situation like white on rice.
I’ll tell you one thing about having Trump in the White House.
It makes me even prouder of my vote for Hillary Clinton as every apocalyptic month goes by.