SoCS — I Want You to Pay Attention

55CCF9FF-2D07-484E-8A43-8B2443A35340I want you to pay close attention to what Donald Trump said recently. I want you to think about it. I want to give you a glimpse into the convoluted way the President of the United States thinks. Are you ready?

Donald Trump tried to downplay the severity of America’s coronavirus outbreak by arguing that the U.S. wouldn’t be leading the world in cases if it weren’t for the fact that so much testing is being done. I swear I’m not making this up. Here are Trump’s own words.

“Don’t forget, we have more cases than anybody in the world. But why? Because we do more testing. When you test, you have a case. When you test, you find something is wrong with people. If we didn’t do any testing, we would have very few cases.”

So Donald Trump, the leader of the free world, believes that coronavirus cases simply wouldn’t exist if we didn’t test to find them.

Oh, he also promised that the U.S. will reopen “vaccine or no vaccine.” He said, “The U.S. will overcome the coronavirus crisis with or without an effective vaccine.” Then he added that the disease will “go away at some point” either way.

Hmm. This reminds me of when he predicted in February that the U.S. would go down from 15 coronavirus cases to nearly zero. Or when he claimed in early March that the virus will be gone by April because, when temperatures rise, “the virus will miraculously go away.” Or when he predicted in April that there would be zero coronavirus deaths in the U.S. by mid-May.

I want you to think about what Donald Trump has said and how he’s responded to the pandemic.

I especially want you to think about all this when you vote in November.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where we are asked to “make the word ‘want’ the first, second, or third word of your post.”

30 thoughts on “SoCS — I Want You to Pay Attention

    • Fandango May 16, 2020 / 9:42 am

      Thanks. We need all the help we can get.


  1. Marleen May 16, 2020 / 11:43 am

    Wait… pay attention? Not just pick a favorite “side” with snippets?

    Someone recently shared (at their own blog) an article that supposedly showed Fauci stating a really high death rate for the current pandemic. If a reader of the article had been paying attention rather than accepting snippets, said reader would know what Fauci was quoted as saying he said but as a brief piece of data within a larger picture of a different death rate. But the article got to present Fauci as a liar or idiot within a conspiracy, and the blogger could go on his merry way. (I think Fauci may be too mild-mannered, but he’s not an idiot. He’s walking a tightrope.)

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  2. Marleen May 16, 2020 / 12:07 pm

    Some people are trying to claim that ordinary seasonal flu causes more deaths each year than Covid-19. First of all, it’s just not true. Secondly, the above linked article has a chart showing a comparison of flu deaths in 2020 compared to Covid-19 deaths (so far) this year (for those not paying attention — please note this year isn’t even half through yet).

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    • Marleen May 16, 2020 / 12:45 pm

      Sorry: correction to comparison of flu deaths in 2019 compared to Covid-19 deaths (so far) this year [2020]

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      • amoralegria May 16, 2020 / 5:38 pm

        I cannot access anything but the first paragraph and first graph without subscribing. The first graph compared several high-death events from the past 100 years. One of the categories was “1968 Pandemic.” Huh? There was a pandemic in 1968? Do you happen to know what it was?


        • Marleen May 16, 2020 / 7:13 pm

          I’ll start with this (and see what I can find out about the other article next).


          Flu Pandemic (1968)

          Estimated deaths: 1 million

          Similar to the flu pandemic that struck just a decade earlier, this flu also appeared to originate from Hong Kong. Hence, this flu outbreak is sometimes called the Hong Kong Flu. This was the third flu pandemic to hit the globe in the 20th century. First appearing in Hong Kong in July 1968, it quickly rippled out and by the end of the same month had reached Vietnam and Singapore. American soldiers returning from the Vietnam War would bring the virus to the United States by the Fall of 1968.

          As the world entered 1969, the flu virus migrated to Africa, Europe, South America, India, and Japan. The fortunate trait of this outbreak was the very low mortality rate. Some estimates were as low as 0.1%. The elderly were the primary victims of the disease and had the highest death rate. Another fortunate situation in many Western countries was that the flu hit around winter break which meant that transmission through work and school were greatly reduced. Some medical experts believed that many may have built up some immunity to the flu virus strain after the 1956 outbreak of Asian Flu. Others point to the improved medical system in many countries by this time. Whatever the case, the flu mercifully did not take as many victims as previous ones. Still, an estimated 1 million around the globe would perish from the flu virus.

          Like other outbreaks, this too came in waves. The first wave lasted just six months – disappearing as quickly as it had arrived. However, the virus was not done as it returned in 1969, and again in 1970, and finally in 1972. Even though mortality was lower than previous flu outbreaks, the symptoms were still terrible to feel. It produced symptoms of chills, fever, and muscle pain and weakness. These would typically last from four to six days. Something to note is that the H3N2 virus that caused the 1968 pandemic is still in circulation today and is considered to be a strain of contemporary seasonal influenza.

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        • Marleen May 16, 2020 / 9:46 pm

          I hope this will provide the second graphic for you to view.

          I’ll type in the information anyway, just in case:

          U.S. deaths by cause in 2019 compared to COVID-19

          647,457 HEART DISEASE
          599,108 CANCER
          169,936 ACCIDENTS
          146,383 STROKE
          121,404 ALZHEIMER’S
          83,947 COVID-19* [2020]
          83,564 DIABETES
          47,173 SUICIDE


          The article is from yesterday, and reads:
          The coronavirus has infected nearly 1.4 million Americans, and claimed the lives of 83,947 since outbreaks spread across the nation earlier this year.

          The total lives claimed by COVID-19 in the U.S. is already higher than the 67,830 troops who died in every war since the start of the Vietnam conflict in 1964. And the 27,448 deaths in New York are closing in on the 36,574 U.S. deaths in the Korean War.

          Of course pandemic deaths and soldiers killed in wars are two very different types of loss. But it does help to understand the sheer magnitude of the virus and its devastating effect on U.S. lives.
          And the virus is still well below the leading causes of death in the country. Heart disease and cancer were the leading causes of death in the U.S. last year, with 647,457 and 599,109 deaths respectively. Those two will likely still be the top two killers again this year. But COVID-19 is moving up quickly—and would likely be higher without the shutdowns and social distancing. And already more U.S. deaths are attributed to COVID-19 in 2020 than diabetes (83,564) last year.

          Despite stay-at-home orders, coronavirus deaths are projected to continue to rise. A biostatistician at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has merged various COVID-19 forecasts, and projects 110,000 deaths by June 6. That would be just shy of the 116,516 U.S. deaths in World War I.

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          • Marleen May 18, 2020 / 12:11 pm

            The COVID-19 death number for the United States today (as of this morning, 4:18 am eastern) is 90,527 (on the record). We have about 4.25 or 4.3% of the world’s population but 29 percent of the world’s coronavirus deaths.

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            • Fandango May 18, 2020 / 10:28 pm

              But Trump has done an outstanding job for America. Total success!


    • Marleen May 17, 2020 / 4:12 pm

      Trump-Birx Hiding Vital Covid Information

      I’ve previously shared that when one of my sons
      had covid-19 and went for a test (sent by his doctor to where the tests were supposed to be), they would not give him a test. He went home and toughed it out. There’s a renter (who can’t currently pay) there, and that theoretically could expose the renter, but they stayed away from each other as that’s all they could do. My son is fine now.

      [I had it too, but knew there would be no tests and didn’t go to be tested. I also had decided ahead of time that I didn’t want to go to try to get a test anyway, for a few reasons. I’m fine too.]

      But consider what happens when an older person with clear symptoms goes to the hospital, and even they can’t be sure of getting a test.

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  3. amoralegria May 16, 2020 / 5:40 pm

    I love this post – fantastic! I hope people will remember this in November. Our idiot un-leader is a threat not just to our democracy now, but also our health!

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  4. Lolsy's Library May 17, 2020 / 12:24 am

    Trump is a global threat. He needs to be gotten rid of. There are too many politicians jumping up around the world, that are being little mini-Trumps. They see him getting away with everything, they figure “why not us”.

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    • Fandango May 17, 2020 / 10:57 pm

      Exactly. He (and all of the little Trump wannabes) need to be stopped. Then again, Trump is a Putin wannabe.

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  5. leigha66 May 18, 2020 / 1:05 am

    I just shake my head more and more as the days go on. I think it is just getting worse all the time. Good post Fandango!

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