Boy, Donald Trump better hurry up and close off the southern border, stat, because yesterday the first coronavirus victim died in Seattle, some 1,300 miles from the border and today the virus was diagnosed in a person in Rhode Island, some 3,000 miles away. So, yep, closing that border is a crucial element in this matter, and we’re mighty glad that Trump is on top of it. Thank you, Mr. Occupant. For those of you not named Donald Trump, who are actually in tune with the reality of this situation, this is the latest update from the New York Times:

Rhode Island on Sunday reported its first “presumptive positive” coronavirus case, a man in his 40s who had recently traveled to Italy, France and Spain, state officials said at a news conference on Sunday afternoon.

The man was being treated in the hospital on Sunday, and his immediate family had quarantined themselves at home, the officials said.

The patient had not been to work and “had limited travel in Rhode Island” since returning from Europe, according to the state’s health department. State officials said that they were trying to reach at least 40 people who had come in contact with the man and were asking those people to quarantine themselves for 14 days since their contact.

In related idiocy this Sunday, Mike Pence told Jake Tapper today that prayer will get us through the coronavirus.

“I continue to believe that we have an opportunity to come together. And with the proper expertise, and the proper resources and the prayers of millions of Americans, we’re going to get through this.”

Friends, Mike Pence decided that prayer would take care of the HIV epidemic in Indiana back when he was governor and you see how well that worked out. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for addressing the spiritual dimension of life and being of positive thought and good cheer. But bear in mind that Jesus was the first to say, “Faith without works is dead” and “by their fruits ye shall know them.” And right now, based on those two concepts, I would have to say that we are phuqued. This administration gutted health protections from the get go and now the CDC is behind schedule in surveillance testing. It is reasonable to say that this is going to get a whole lot worse before it gets better. Also bear in mind that people without healthcare and without paid sick leave are at particular risk. The image of a runaway freight train comes to mind.

 

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