EJ Montini Arizona Republic
(CNT) City News Talk #arizona
Opinion: Perhaps we could remind the administration in Washington and the one in Phoenix that the coronavirus doesn’t give a damn who wins the election.
The campaign is over.
It’s OK now not to lie.
Can someone make sure that the Trump administration and governors like our own Doug Ducey get the memo?
For the past couple of weeks Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, has been ignored.
President Donald Trump needed rallies to stoke his ego and his campaign. The one thing he did NOT need – and therefore ignored – was factual information about the next wave of the pandemic.
The Washington Post reported that Birx has been warning the administration to take “much more aggressive action” because, she said, “we are entering the most concerning and most deadly phase of this pandemic … leading to increasing mortality.”
But that didn’t fit with Trump’s desire for large, superspreader rallies leading up to the election.
That can change now.
Fauci, Birx just want us to mask, distance
There’s no longer a need to lie about turning a corner or putting the pandemic behind us. The novel coronavirus doesn’t give a damn who wins the election.
The virus does what it does outside the political process. And it gets better at what it does as summer turns to fall and then winter.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, perhaps the foremost infectious disease expert on the planet, a man whom Trump jokes (?) about firing, has said unless there is “abrupt change,” the country is “in for a whole lot of hurt.”
What Fauci and Birx have been asking for is not a shutdown. They’re asking only that Americans make the most common sense accommodations. Wear masks. Avoid big gatherings. Social distance.
Trump has been against even that.
And sycophants like Gov. Doug Ducey are afraid to defy him.
So people get sick. People die.
In Arizona there were 1,679 new COVID-19 cases and 38 more deaths on Election Day, putting our state’s losses at more than 6,000. It didn’t need to be this way.
But as of today the campaign BS can be replaced with a little honesty. A little common sense.
The nation is setting records for the daily number of new cases, creeping darkly toward 100,000.
There’s no need to sugarcoat the situation. No need to frame policy based on how many votes it might get you.
It’s been a heated election cycle. People were dying to vote.
Once the voting is done we should do something about the dying.