On Coronavirus

On Coronavirus March 1, 2020

We have a pandemic here. Thanks, God, for allowing yet another deadly virus/disease/natural disaster to claim the lives of, I assume, a good many. Of course, God not only omissively wills such a thing to come about, but has designed and created it (either explicitly and directly, or by foreknowingly designing evolution).

There is absolutely no getting around God’s culpability here: if you believe in God, please post your explanations below. But please don’t blame humans (gays, Democrats, libtards, sinners) because God foreknowingly designed and created humans. Remember the Kalam and First Cause arguments? God is the only first caus or uncaused causer, so putting this down to our own free will doesn’t work.

God’s to blams and we need to pick up the pieces.

Politically, America is in all sorts of issues concerning this. As I have said before, Trump’s political position in everything is transactional. He is a real estate mogul (and, being bankrupted four times, inheriting his fortune, not a very good one). He has only started caring about this when the stock market crashed. He knows the economy is key to re-election, and is essentially the only thing he cares about. Apparently, he as glued to the news on Air Force One, but mainly in the context of continually checking the stock market, not on account of the actual dangers and moral imperatives concerning Coronavirus.

What irritates me is the consistency by which Trump contradicts himself.

He is an unbelievable dolt. The latest example of hypocrisy (listed above) is when he excoriated Obama for making what was a very good plan of dealing with ebola, and for supposedly hiring someone with zero experience. “Obama just appointed an Ebola Czar with zero experience in the medical area and zero experience in infectious disease control. A TOTAL JOKE!,” What Trump has done is appoint Pence to deal with the pandemic. Pence was an even worse choice. Though he has no formal qualifications in the required areas, he didn’t have to deal with an HIV outbreak in his home state of Indiana. And he completely screwed it up. So Pence has some experience, it’s just very bad experience that should warn any leader off of appointing him to do a similar job!

Trump even had the audacity to try to blame the stock market crash on the Democratic debate. Sheesh.

Trump appears to be making stuff up, his supposedly “calming” press conferences contradicting medical experts (also explaining his obsession with the stock market):

This is a time where we should be funding science and deferring to the expert scientists in order to make evidence-based policies. The mixed messages could well take their toll:

Before a White House press conference on Saturday, Donald Trump repeatedly downplayed the issue and echoed allies in the conservative media in accusing political opponents and the media of overstating the threat in order to make him look bad while markets take a hard hit, threatening the US economy.

On Saturday, the president repeatedly praised what he called “the most aggressive action in modern history to confront this disease”.

“Our country is prepared for any circumstance, we hope it’s not going to be a major circumstance,” Trump said, asking the media and politicians not to do “anything to incite panic at all”.

Trump and federal health officials also sought to reassure the public about the nature of the coronavirus, if in calmer tones than those chosen by Mick Mulvaney, the president’s acting chief of staff, at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday.

Suggesting the media was inflating the issue to “bring down” the president, Mulvaney said the virus was less threatening than previous public health crises, such as the Ebola crisis of 2014.

“It’s not a death sentence,” Mulvaney said.

Public health officials, however, have repeatedly warned of the seriousness of the outbreak. At the White House on Saturday, Dr Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases detailed how most coronavirus deaths are in older people with health issues but younger people do die in outlying cases.

“Ultimately, we expect we will see community spread in this country,” Nancy Messonnier, head of immunization at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said earlier this week. “It’s not so much a question of if this will happen anymore, but rather more exactly when this will happen, and how many people in this country will have severe illness.”

“This could be bad,” Messonnier added.

Experts warn that conflicting statements could complicate public health officials’ response to the crisis at federal, state and local levels.

“If you have different messengers giving different messages, that is a recipe for confusion, and could potentially undermine the effectiveness of the response,” said Dr Josh Michaud, associate director of global health policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The administration’s continued dismissal of the severity of the situation has also exacerbated concerns that it has not taken the threat seriously enough – and that it is already in a weakened position because of funding and personnel cuts to health programs.

The Trump administration has repeatedly proposed significant cuts to health and science agencies, including in the 2021 budget, in which he called for a close to 10% reduction in Health and Human Services funding overall and a nearly 16% slash at the CDC.

While Congress has ignored those proposed cuts and instead increased funding to the CDC and National Institutes of Health, some initiatives aimed at battling epidemics have been cut or eliminated.

It’s all happening. Perhaps God might step in and save a lot of pain and suffering. I’m sure there will be enough prayers good reasons to warrant it.

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