Masks are senseless dividing line
Had social distancing measures begun a week earlier, 36,000 lives could have been saved, according to Columbia University researchers. Instituting measures two weeks earlier would have spared more than 80 percent of the cases and deaths, their research suggests.
The Trump administration’s delinquency in recognizing the severity of the virus and the extent of community spread already underway by February resulted in the unnecessary death of tens of thousands of Americans.
Tragically, Trump’s anti-science, anti-expert stance has not ended; it continues to take lives. Trump’s aversion to wearing a mask and the rightwing media universe’s insistence on making this a visible expression of the culture wars are likely to cost lives.
And then there is the president’s irresponsible hawking of hydroxychloroquine.
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