The difference between Trump and every other world leader that I can see is that he recognises there is a balancing act involved between protection from the harm the virus might do and the immense costs of shutting the economy down. Unlike most others, he is seeking to bring these shutdowns to an end as quickly as possible, unlike say Slo Mo. The Oz front page is Coronavirus Australia live updates: Downturn will hit us like a truck: Morrison. What he intends to do about it is an unknown but it sounds bad. Personally I think it is the decisions he has made that is hitting us like a truck, but perhaps that’s just me.
In the US we now have this: Trump unveils ‘Opening Up America’ plan, aims for May 1. Unlike the pleasures of enjoying the power trips they are on that so many political leaders are in the midst of, Donald Trump seems anxious to get not just the economy back on the road, but to return our lives to the previous normal, or as close as we can.
President Trump on Thursday announced new guidelines for reopening states as soon as May 1 now that the coronavirus appears to be peaking in the US, but he left the decision up to each state’s governor while recommending criteria that would have to be met for each to gradually reopen.
“America wants to be open, and Americans want to be open,” Trump said at the White House during the daily Coronavirus Task Force press briefing.
“Based on the latest data, our team of experts agree we can start the next front in our war, which we are calling Opening Up America Again, and that is what we are doing, opening up our country, and we have to do that.”
You can see the details of his plan at the link. You can also see where we are at the moment in relation to this virus.
The above is the Australian experience. Here is a description of the international experience which is identical, which was an article Currency Lad linked to yesterday.
“Is the coronavirus expansion exponential? The answer by the numbers is simple: no. Expansion begins exponentially but fades quickly after about eight weeks.” …
Professor Yitzhak Ben Israel of Tel Aviv University, who also serves on the research and development advisory board for Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, plotted the rates of new coronavirus infections of the U.S., U.K., Sweden, Italy, Israel, Switzerland, France, Germany, and Spain. The numbers told a shocking story: irrespective of whether the country quarantined like Israel, or went about business as usual like Sweden, coronavirus peaked and subsided in the exact same way. In the exact, same, way. His graphs show that all countries experienced seemingly identical coronavirus infection patterns, with the number of infected peaking in the sixth week and rapidly subsiding by the eighth week….
The data from the past 50 days indicates that the closure policies of the quarantine countries can be replaced by more moderate social distancing policies. The numbers simply do not support quarantine or economic closure.
Madness on steroids. I can see we will need a staged recovery for our political leaders from the delusions they have been indulging in over how significant their decisions have been, when all they have done is copied from everyone else in how much of a police state they could erect. Time they started thinking about bringing all this to an end.
THIS NOW IN: From Sarah Hoyt at Instapundit:
AND YES, I KNOW, A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE VIEWING TRUMP’S DECLARATION AS A HOPEFUL SIGN. I SEE IT AS HIS CONTINUING TO ALLOW US TO BE GOVERNED BY SCIENTISTS WITH PRETTY CHARTS. BECAUSE THAT WORKED SO WELL FOR THE USSR: Trump bows to bureaucrats, unveils a never-ending 3-phase program to end shutdowns.
They didn’t close us gradually. They can reopen like they closed.
Also, am I the only one who still remembers this was ALL about “bending the curve” which apparently auto-bent (because three weeks of isolation would be when it started to bend, but instead it never spiked. Even with all the dubious diagnostics and highly exaggerated “deaths.”)
SERIOUSLY people go outside. Being locked indoors with the MSM leads to strange amnesia and hysteria.
I still assume that Trump has been in part guided by a series of screaming meemies* among his own side of the political divide.
* Knew the phrase since I was a lad, but looked it up to see how it was spelled. Turned out “origin, originally used of German shells in World War I”. I find that both fascinating and charming.