Expert told American Hospital Association to brace for up to ’96 million’ coronavirus cases: leaked report (Raw Story link): So far, the coronavirus outbreak has infected dozens of people in the United States, with double digit mortality numbers. But according to a leaked presentation from the American Hospital Association reported by Business Insider (link), some medical professionals are bracing for the epidemic to get much, much worse.
Here’s how Trump’s coronavirus strategy is like his Hurricane Maria response (Raw Story link): In an op-ed published in the Washington Post this Friday, numbers cruncher Phillip Bump argues that the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus crisis is reminiscent of its response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where President Trump traveled to the island and severely underestimated the death toll from the disaster.
Ultimately, Trump’s focus didn’t seem to be on getting ahead of the virus. Instead, he was focused on the criticism his administration was receiving — all while cases in the U.S. continued to rise. Bump acknowledges that the reported cases relative to the population is small. “As with Hurricane Maria, though, it’s obvious that things will continue to get worse,” he writes.