1) Fear of the virus is the main thing.
First in a detailed thread…
A thread on new work Syverson and I just released looking in depth at the impact shutdown orders (and repeals). Short version: they don’t do much. Of the 60% drop in consumer activity, only 7 came from shutdown orders. Fear of the virus is the main thing. https://t.co/N9O2stU2hd
This is an important finding. You can’t revive the economy by declaring the economy open.
You have to contain the virus and make people feel safe again. That’s just not happening
in many parts of the country.
Virginia to create first pandemic workplace safety mandates in nation,
as Trump labor agency sits on sidelines
Virginia’s workplace safety rules are a serious indictment of the Trump administration
This is what you do if you want the economy to reopen
“This is the first treatment to be shown to reduce mortality in patients with COVID-19 requiring oxygen or ventilator support,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “This is great news and I congratulate the Government of the UK, the University of Oxford, and the many hospitals and patients in the UK who have contributed to this lifesaving scientific breakthrough.”
Dexamethasone is a steroid that has been used since the 1960s to reduce inflammation in a range of conditions, including inflammatory disorders and certain cancers. It has been listed on the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines since 1977 in multiple formulations, and is currently off-patent and affordably available in most countries.
WHO welcomes preliminary results about dexamethasone use in treating critically ill COVID-19 patients
A nursing home in Baltimore, oldest African-American one, did not lose *a single person* to COVID because as soon as they heard (the president) say cases would soon go to zero, they realized it was going to be a catastrophe, stopped visits and masked up.