Category Archives: COVID-19

Professional Democrats (Still) Need to Learn How to Make Alternative Narratives

Will Wilkerson has some very good observations about why Republican failures on COVID-19 weren’t the game changer many thought they would be (boldface mine): Mr. Trump abdicated responsibility, shifting the burden onto states and municipalities with busted budgets. He then … Continue reading

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The State of COVID-19 in D.C.: An Ongoing Failure of Governance

It was yet another disastrous week for COVID-19 in D.C. The entire city and all wards, including the ‘low prevalence bastions’ of Ward 2 and 3, are now well above the German rollback threshold of 50 new cases per 100,000 … Continue reading

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We Are Not Free During an Out of Control Pandemic

In light of the recent Supreme Court decision to allow sectarian dogma to override pandemic regulations, this observation about de facto freedom during the pandemic seems relevant (boldface mine): Here’s a question for all red-blooded liberty-loving American patriots: Who has … Continue reading

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When You Miss Superspreading, Everything Looks Like ‘Community Spread’ and Family Gatherings

Over the last couple of weeks, there seem to be a lot of political figures claiming how ‘community spread’ and family gatherings are leading to the rise in cases. There’s a definite political advantage to this: if the blame can … Continue reading

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The State of COVID-19 in D.C.: Our Response Is a Kinder, Gentler Trumpism

Needless to say, that means the state of the state is not good. It was another disastrous week for COVID-19 in D.C. The entire city and all wards, including the ‘low prevalence bastions’ of Ward 2 and 3, are now … Continue reading

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The State of COVID-19 in D.C.: We Need to Rollback

Two weeks ago, I said D.C. would break the phase 1 threshold of 15 new daily positives/100,000 in one week. Well, I was wrong: it took eight days. And it was obvious, as there is no concrete plan to lower … Continue reading

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We Need to Go Backwards on Contract Tracing

Regular followers of my cataloging the COVID-19 statistics for D.C. will know that I routinely argue that we still don’t understand the specifics of COVID-19 transmission in D.C.: Despite being months into the pandemic, we still don’t understand how spread … Continue reading

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The State of COVID-19 in D.C.: On the Edge

With the fate of a prominent local politician having been decided, we now return to our regular cataloging of the apocalypse. Before we get to the data, a sincere plea: if you spent a considerable time in crowds this weekend … Continue reading

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The State of COVID-19 in D.C.: Likely Rollback to Phase 1 in a Week

Unless, of course, Mayor Bowser decides to ignore one of the key metrics, but I’m getting ahead of myself. Every ward in D.C., other than Ward 2, saw massive increases, and the city as a whole had a 52% increase … Continue reading

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On Republican COVID-19 Nihilism

By now, you might have stumbled across any number of reports describing the Trump administration’s de facto embrace of a ‘herd immunity’ strategy: letting the virus run rampant to build up immunity, while attempting (and failing) to protect at-risk populations, … Continue reading

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