President Donald Trump downplayed the coronavirus threat, was slow to move and has delivered mixed messages to the nation. The federal bureaucracy bungled rapid production of tests for the virus. Stockpiles of crucial medical materials were limited and supply lines cumbersome. States and hospitals were plunged into life-or-death competition with one another. When the public looked to government for help, government sometimes looked helpless or frozen or contradictory - and not for the first time. The country and its leaders were caught off guard when terrorists on hijacked airplanes attacked the homeland on Sept. 11, 2001. The financial crisis of 2008, which turned into a deep recession, forced drastic, unprecedented action by a government struggling to keep pace with the economic wreckage. The devastation from Hurricane Andrew in Florida in 1992 and Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005 exposed serious gaps in the government's disaster response and emergency management systems. "We always wait for the crisis to happen," said Leon Panetta, who served in government as secretary of defense, director of the CIA, White House chief of staff, director of the Office of Management and Budget and a member of the House. "I know the human failings we're dealing with, but the responsibility of people elected to these jobs is to make sure we are not caught unawares." In interviews over the past two weeks, senior officials from administrations of both parties, many with firsthand experience in dealing with major crises, suggest that the president and his administration have fallen short of nearly every standard a government should try to meet. Repeated crises have shown that government is rarely, if ever, fully prepared. Nor is government as flexible as it needs to be to respond as quickly or creatively as conditions often...

Every country on the planet was caught off guard. The curves in every country except maybe one, look identical. Not one person in the media or politics was calling for harsher action, until after it blew up...all 20/20 hind sight. Many were chastising Trump for shutting down air travel from China. Politicians all over were encouraging people to go out and "party" and ignor the "racist orange man". The "experts" were all wrong, the partisans were focused only on being partisan. And now the media is acting like they weren't equally to blame for this, or that the federal government is 100% to blame. The stockpile of medical gear depleted by Obama...but I have yet to hear him blamed for not replenishing that stockpile in the 7 years after he depleted it. It became business as usual and no one cared...until now..with 20/20 hindsight.

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The government has broad legal authority to detain people in the name of public health. But politically and diplomatically, it’s more complicated.

This one didn't age well either. More TDS on display.

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President Donald Trump's decision to ban travel from many European countries is "politically motivated" and will not prevent further coronavirus cases, analysts told CNBC.

This didn't age well....TDS on full display.

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Total deaths across the United States increased by at least 605 on Monday, reaching a total of 3,180. It meant someone died every two minutes from the deadly disease.  There were 22,000 new cases.

More died of flu. Every year flu kills what 40K or more in the US alone. 500K across the globe. Every single year. Corona will be gone in a year. Flu will still be killing. Comparing to a terrorist attack is ridiculous.

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Social-distancing guidelines to stay 6 feet from others may be woefully inadequate, one scientist warns, saying the coronavirus could travel 27 feet and linger for hours.

Hey a droplet sneezed in China could float in air for days or weeks and fall onto your nose in Texas. It's also useless information. Because it isn't quantified as to probability, which is infinitesimal. If there aren't probabilities associated with these wild claims about how long it lives and how far it travels...it's useless.

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So far, the CDC advises social distancing, handwashing, and staying home as the main ways to avoid the coronavirus. Medics have lacked equipment.

The guidance telling us not to use a mask is a lie. They just want to reserve the supply for doctors. What they should do is encourage everyone to have some kind of mask. Putting a mask on prevents you from touching your own nose or mouth. It reduces airborne droplets if you cough. And it reduces the chance that an airborne droplet gets into your nose or mouth when you breath. Any mask is better than no mask. And wearing eye protection is a plus too, to stop you from touching your eyes, and reduce the droplets that can get to your eyes. Wearing any mask reduces the spread.

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The death toll from the coronavirus is predicted to rise to 2,271 on April 15 alone, the model analysis by the University of Washington School of Medicine shows.

It's a model. Probably no more accurate than a weather forecast. And we know how those can go horribly wrong. Treatment may be improved with the drugs they are trying, reducing mortality. The rapid test kits are shipping and may cause diagnosis, quarantine, and treatment improvements that significantly improve the results. We'll have to wait and see.

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They aren't "Royals" anymore. He's just Harry.

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I don't understand why the states think it's the federal government's role to supply these materials. I understand the federal government might want a stockpile to prepare for an emergency. But that doesn't seem to me to mean the states can rely solely on that inventory for their needs. That said, it's criminal the federal government has not properly managed the strategic stockpile correctly for a decade.

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Thirteen years ago, a group of U.S. public health officials came up with a plan to address what they regarded

Maybe the problem isn't that the private companies try to maximize profit, which you cite no evidence. Maybe the problem is the government inserting itself into the design. Maybe they would have a stockpile of ventilators if they looked at ventilators on the market, and just bought the ones with the best value. And did that to replace the inventory every 10 years or so... instead of trying to re-invent the wheel.

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