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  1. BrickTopHarry

    US ranked #1 to best deal with a disease outbreak

    You didn't say if you thought the U.S. response, which Donnie bears responsibility for, was good though. If there was too much red tape to get testing done, part of the President's job is to either utilize what powers are available to them to get rid of it, or use the bully pulpit to pressure Congress to do it if that's where the power to get it done lies. Cutting CDC budget and getting rid of the pandemic infrastructure that Obama put in place didn't help either. Plain and simple, Donnie either didn't consider testing for this to be a priority, or possibly didn't WANT testing to show numbers that would scare Wall St. Since he's a boob who doesn't know squat about science and doesn't respect science, he no doubt failed to understand that simply banning travel from China was in no way a sufficient response. If he were smart, or let his advisors inform him, he would have understood that in epidemics it's impossible to detect every case if you still have travel at all even if you ban it from one country. But that, like Korea, if you are super aggressive testing and tracing contacts in the early phase, you don't even have to shut everything down. So you didn't say if you thought the U.S. response was good, or even adequate. I'm telling you my opinion is that it was grossly inadequate and one of the worst in the developed major countries, and continues to be through this moment.
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    US ranked #1 to best deal with a disease outbreak

    You didn't answer the questions, do you think the President has any responsibility for the quality of the response and how good do you think the U.S. response has been? Like since the POTUS is the chief executive of the federal government do they have responsibility for the performance of the agencies under them in these crises? Does Trump have any responsibility?
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    US ranked #1 to best deal with a disease outbreak

    Do you feel the federal government, and the President of the United States, bear any repsonsibility for the quality of the nation's response to a nationwide epidemic and global pandemic? If so, how would you rate the quality and effectiveness of the Trump administration's response to this one? Compared to, say, South Korea or Taiwan?
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    US ranked #1 to best deal with a disease outbreak more at link
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    Help me make a ventilator decision . .

    Viking funeral would be a hell of a way to go out.
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    Help me make a ventilator decision . . So the overall odds of survival for those needing the ventilator, so far, is pretty dismal, around 14 percent, although there may be a little improvement if our treatment protocols improve. This data is from China but it's pretty consistent with what I've been hearing early on out of Washington state. As far as whether to choose to let people with better odds have the ventilator, you may not wind up having that choice if you get sick in a city or state that is being overwhelmed. But as far as whether to declare Do Not Intubate status or Do Not Resuscitate status, no one else can make that choice for you.
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    Failure of leadership
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    US ranked #1 to best deal with a disease outbreak

    Paying real close attention to what's going on in his hometown, he is.
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    US ranked #1 to best deal with a disease outbreak

    Nice to see that the President of the United States has his eye on the ball:
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    US ranked #1 to best deal with a disease outbreak

    I think Trump, aside from being an ignorant narcissistic lout, is scared, he's a coward. In a situation where bold and decisive action is needed, he's afraid to directly take any action himself and utilize the power of the federal government. He doesn't want to bear any responsibility for any negative outcome. Before the cases really got started in earnest in the U.S. he was more afraid of hurting the stock market so he downplayed the whole thing and didn't take serious measures beyond travel bans which were a drop in the bucket without aggressive testing. I have little doubt that he specifically did not push for wider use and availability of testing so bigger numbers of infected wouldn't be known and cause (appropriate!) alarm and a decline in his precious markets. Once it became clear it was a serious problem he still didn't call for restrictions in economic or social activity that are clearly necessary for safety and control, because those measures would have a severe economic cost and he'd rather let state and city governments take responsibility for the measures and any associated economic fallout. Even now with the tsunami well upon us there is no urgency to help obtain ventilators or protective equipment, and people working front line medical care like me are literally left to our own devices, sterilizing and reusing N95 masks and the like that are meant to be single use only, with unknown effects on the efficacy of the gear and our safety from doing this, purchasing our own respirators from Amazon, hardware stores or where ever. Meanwhile a country with a fraction of the resources and industrial power of the United States, South Korea, jumped right on their epidemic that was turbocharged by that religious cult, and contained it through aggressive widespread testing and social isolation, without even the draconian lockdowns employed in China and Italy as far as I can tell. What a sick fucking joke. This is what happens when you choose as the leader of a once great nation a fake businessman and reality TV buffoon, an unserious person, who despite his manifest unsuitability for the position, was not content to get some competent advisors to run things and simply bask in the pomp and ceremony of being President, but instead actually believes in his own myth and insists on meddling in and interfering with everything and muzzling or getting rid of any competent counsel who could take care of things for him. This is the result.
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    US ranked #1 to best deal with a disease outbreak

    But, if you don't pull the trigger on any action: buying existing ventilators from someone, paying for more production from someone already making ventilators, or coming to terms with GM or whoever early enough for them to make the necessary preparations to produce them, then nothing happens.
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    US ranked #1 to best deal with a disease outbreak

    Why the idiotic focus on GM? I assume simply because he said in an earlier press briefing that GM was going to provide ventilators and he just can't be wrong? Even if they made ventilators, there would be significant spool up time to retool the factories and no guarantee on the quality given it's not their usual product. The political optics of doing it in a rust belt state? Why not simply pay GE, North American Draeger or one of the big companies already making ventilators or other such medical equipment to spool up production, or target the DPA towards them? It's nonsensical.