The last week before elections was marked by yet another coronavirus outbreak in the White House. This time the wave of new coronavirus cases emerged from the office of Vice President Pence, and infected at least five staffers and aides. Although none of us can be surprised by any specific COVID-19 cases, how ironic that these come from the office of the person chairing the Coronavirus Task Force.
It follows nicely then that along with this news, comes the admission from the White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows that the presidency has given up on mitigating transmission of COVID-19. “We are not going to control the pandemic. We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigation areas,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”
So there is no plan.
In fact, this ‘no-plan’ plan has been in place since the pandemic started and has led to terrible consequences for the people in this country. Over nine million people have gotten COVID-19, and at this time there have been over 230 thousand deaths, with numbers sure to rise in the coming months.
Anybody can catch this virus, and the longer it takes to implement actual science and healthcare-driven methods to slow transmission, the more people in the U.S will catch COVID-19, experience lasting health effects, or even die.