THE FOREVER PANDEMIC

1. “The pandemic will never go away here in the U.S.” I said that to my wife this morning, in all seriousness. I just don’t see how it’ll go away, even with a vaccine. Apparently, I’m not the only one with that pessimistic thought.

PREPARE FOR A PERMANENT PANDEMIC – John Stoer (The Editorial Board)

2. “A convergence of events is about to push our pandemic over the tipping point.” I said that to my wife in a “cheery” conversation about a week ago. Flu season, evictions, no more unemployment money, school starting, cold and dreary months ahead. The only thing I missed was the Game of Thrones line.

Winter is coming: Why America’s window of opportunity to beat back Covid-19 is closing – Helen Branswell (Stat)

3. “Trump has always been malignant and incompetent. As president, he has coasted on economic growth, narrowly averted crises of his own making, and corrupted the government in ways that many Americans could ignore. But in the pandemic, his vices—venality, dishonesty, self-absorption, dereliction, heedlessness—turned deadly. They produced lies, misjudgments, and destructive interventions that multiplied the carnage. The coronavirus debacle isn’t, as Trump protests, an “artificial problem” that spoiled his presidency. It’s the fulfillment of everything he is.” – William Saletan (Slate)

A BLOW BY BLOW ACCOUNT OF HOW TRUMP KILLED TENS OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS – William Saletan (Slate)