How does COVID-19 compare to the other leading causes of death in the U.S.? This animated chart compares daily COVID-19 death totals with estimated daily totals for the leading causes of death in the United States. pic.twitter.com/UGyLQEUZEW— #WVTM13 (@WVTM13) May 7, 2020
Look what is on the front page of The New York Times.
“New York City’s coronavirus outbreak grew so large by early March that the city became the primary source of new infections in the United States, new research reveals, as thousands of infected people traveled from the city and seeded outbreaks around the country.
The research indicates that a wave of infections swept from New York City through much of the country before the city began setting social distancing limits to stop the growth. That helped to fuel outbreaks in Louisiana, Texas, Arizona and as far away as the West Coast.
The findings are drawn from geneticists’ tracking signature mutations of the virus, travel histories of infected people and models of the outbreak by infectious disease experts. …
The central role of New York’s outbreak shows that decisions made by state and federal officials — including waiting to impose distancing measures and to limit international flights — helped shape the trajectory of the outbreak and allowed it to grow in the rest of the country.
During crucial weeks in March, New York’s political leaders waited to take aggressive action, even after identifying hundreds of cases, giving the virus a head start. And by mid-March, when President Trump restricted travel from Europe, the restrictions were essentially pointless, the data suggest, as the disease was already spreading widely within the country.”
How is Trump going to blame this one on China?
Unlike Wuhan and Hubei province, New York and New Jersey were never quarantined. There was never any shutdown of interstate travel. As a result, New Yorkers have been allowed to spread virus all over the United States. This is the exact opposite of what happened in China in January.
In China, the Chinese military surrounded and locked down Wuhan. No one was allowed to leave. The lockdown in Wuhan didn’t end until April 8th. Millions of people fled Wuhan before the lockdown and spread the virus to other cities in China. Those cities were locked down for two weeks to smother new outbreaks. 780 million people were locked down in China in early February. It worked and life in virtually all of China outside of Wuhan and Hubei province had returned to normal by March.
The American approach was to maintain liberal constitutional norms, “ride it out” like the flu and hope that it would “disappear like a miracle” in April. New Yorkers infected with the virus were free to travel anywhere in the country they wanted to go like Louisiana and Michigan. Even today, you can still get on a plane in New York City and fly here to Montgomery, AL. You can also drive here.
We know exactly how the virus spreads, how to stop it, how deadly it is to different groups and so forth, but we don’t stop it because of liberal ideology. Even with scientific knowledge, we also have millions of people who reject everything we do know about it in favor of absurd conspiracy theories. The virus isn’t what is killing Americans so much as it is liberalism or the open society.
Note: It was Jared Kushner and Steve Mnuchin who got their way in February when international flights from Europe were not restricted.