I realize I’ve been very critical of D.C.’s COVID-19 response recently. But what’s worse is that, compared to most states, it has been a fairly good response. In case you’re wondering, that is damning with faint praise. The southern states in which COVID-19 surging don’t really seem to have a plan, other than suggestions, to actually do something. So I’m glad I’m not living in one of them right now.
That said, having moved on to phase 2 in D.C., even with some statistical chicanery, D.C. appears to be fine with the new status quo of 30-50 new infections per day, and one to four deaths per day (hopefully, the latter will tail off and is a lagging indicator). Meanwhile, in South Korea, they’re going all out after a spike to…46 new cases in a day (and the data suggest most of those are from overseas visitors, not spread within South Korea).
That’s right. A country which is 71 times as large as D.C. is not celebrating 46 new cases per day (the D.C. average number of new cases over the last five days is 38). Yes, D.C.’s response has been better than many states, but the U.S. as a whole seems to be settling on a kinder, gentler version of the Trump plan.
This is not a success, but acquiescence. And, as South Korea shows, it didn’t need to be like this. Anger is the appropriate emotion.