Due to other tragic and really, completely unexplainable and unjustifiable events in Minneapolis, our Governor and his staff only spent part of the briefing on coronavirus yesterday. What he did say as usual was an astounding blend of disingenuous statements. He still insists on saying he is being balanced, when there is no real data or science behind any of his orders at this point. He clearly doesn’t care about workers, 700,000 of whom have lost their jobs, or businesses, thousands of which are closing up. He simply doesn’t care, because there is no justification for keeping them closed or limited in how they do business. Minnesota has a nursing home and congregate living epidemic, that is it, period, and he hasn’t been able to muster any meaningful response. Yesterday again, 80% of deaths in those settings. Then he has the effrontery to suggest that sending recovering, and still contagious, nursing home residents back to their facilities, is just sending them home and we have to consider their feelings. How can he say that on one hand and on the other tell all Minnesotans that they can’t gather or engage in any number of activities. It has become apparent that the Governor and his staff spend more time deciding how to message a problem than they do trying to fix it.
The other crap he tried to feed people was about how the models do tens of thousands and runs and the information they come up with useful and he has to follow it. His model sucks and he knows it and he relied on it to make a really stupid decision. Tell people to stay in their homes, where they are four times more likely to get infected. Shut schools when children have no risk and are very, very limited sources of transmission. Destroy the economy and health system, leading to many more deaths. Don’t do anything to address senior living settings until it is far too late. Yeah, you have done a great job Governor.
And speaking of more rational responses to an epidemic, this article describes the response to the 1957-58 flu epidemic in Britain. (LS Article) The article notes as we have before, that this epidemic, proportional to the population at the time, killed and infected many more people, especially young people. No stay-at-home orders, no shutdowns, little economic effect. The big difference is social and traditional media hysteria and political unwillingness to be firm and calm. If oil companies can be sued for climate change, let’s sue CNN and other media companies for the economic and other damage caused by the coronavirus hysteria.