Coronavirus: Trump Wants Churches “Packed” on Easter, Doctors Warn Against Haste

Yesterday at a coronavirus press conference President Trump reiterated that he wants the U.S. economy to “reopen” and this time by Easter where he hopes to see “packed” churches. When he was asked by CNN’s Kaitlan Collins why he chose Easter as his target date, the President answered, “I just thought it was a beautiful time, a beautiful timeline.”

While the stock market rebounded and the President’s approval rating went up (matching his all-time high) there’s an ominous feeling among public health experts that Americans will be lulled into a false sense of comfort as no doctors or researchers believe that Easter is an adequate time frame to ease social distancing restrictions.

Why This Matters: Public health decisions should be based on science and not political optics. The best remedy for the economy is a healthy population. Furthermore, there’s still a lot about this disease that we don’t understand (like why some people get it again). But mostly, the Easter timeline conflicts with what New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggested could be the peak for the outbreak in his state, the place that VP Pence called the “epicenter” for the virus outbreak in the United States.

FYI: As COVID-19 spreads, how do you ethically get outdoors?

Who To Believe: The real danger of President Trump not trusting and listening to scientists is that it creates confusion. Americans don’t know what to believe and thus end up believing whatever they want–facts cease to have meaning. We’re seeing this from people who are reluctant to stay home as they don’t think coronavirus is an urgent threat to geopolitical disputes between the United States and China regarding disinformation.

Capitol Hill: As The Guardian reported,

The US Senate has passed a nearly $2tn stimulus package early this morning to help rescue the American economy ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic as Donald Trump considers easing restrictions aimed at combating the contagion.

After days of around-the-clock negotiations between senators and administration officials, a bipartisan compromise was struck over what is expected to be the largest US economic stimulus measure ever passed.

The bill next goes to the House, where Democrats have introduced their own proposal.

Additionally, senior Democrats serving on the House Natural Resources Committee jointly called on Senate negotiators and House leadership this afternoon to ensure the upcoming congressional coronavirus relief bill and any future relief measures adequately address the growing health needs across Indian Country.

  • Tribes have faced unique funding delays in virus responses to date and are suffering from chronically underfunded health care services.

Society Copes: NYU medical school is reportedly allowing senior medical students to graduate three months early so they can help overworked doctors fight the coronavirus pandemic.

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