Read The Social-Distancing Culture War Has Begun by MCKAY COPPINS (The Atlantic)

Across the country, social distancing is morphing from a public-health to political act. The consequences could be disastrous.

What really pisses me off about people like this is that the minute they or any of their loved ones come down with symptoms they’ll expect to be cared for. If anyone were to suggest they accept the consequences of their actions, (like, I don’t know, dying for the economy, as others have been urged to do by some conservative commentators), The person suggesting such would be raked over the coals for it, and yet, we’re all just supposed to forget that they went out of their way to turn this into yet another front in the culture war once this is all over.
Read A thread by Marc Lipsitch (Twitter)

Tonight #DeborahBirx stated that models anticipating large-scale transmission of COVID-19 do not match reality on the ground. Our modeling (done by
@StephenKissler
based on work with
@ctedijanto
and
@yhgrad
and me) is one of the models she is talking about.

A must-read Twitter thread from Marc Lipsitch, Director of Harvard’s Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics. He (politely) demolishes Dr. Birx’s “rosy scenario,” and also points out “we remain woefully behind on testing capacity” and “test reagents, swabs, PPE remain in short supply.”
Read Trump’s Next Pivot Will Leave Us More Divided Than Ever by CHARLES SYKES (The Bulwark)

Naturally, the president of the United States is signaling a dramatic change in national strategy during a time of unprecedented crisis by sharing a tweet from a sex counselor. “The fear of the virus cannot collapse our economy that President Trump has built up,” tweeted Dr. Dawn Michael. “We The People are smart enough to …,Naturally, the president of the United States is signaling a dramatic change in national strategy during a time of unprecedented crisis by sharing a tweet from a sex counselor. “The fear of the virus cannot collapse our economy that…

Read When It’s All Too Much by CHERI BAKER (Cheri Baker)

I don’t know about you, blog buddies, but to me the news of the world feels like too much lately.  Too much fear and anger and stupidity.