TRUMP: "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." pic.twitter.com/tEX1uXQbmp— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 14, 2020
"If we didn't do any testing we would have very few cases" is a real Galaxy Brain take from a Very Stable Genius, the sort of brilliant public servant who believes that the virus will simply go away miraculously.
Back in late March, in a conversation with a coworker during our regular shift-change BS session, I predicted that the death toll in the United States would be just around half-a-million. He, being an optimist, opined that it would probably hit a million. Even then, the top browser result for our company smartphone was 'Worldometers', a data aggregation site which has become a fascinating, terrifying read. Right now, reported US deaths from COVID-19 amount to over eighty-eight thousand, and the piss-poor testing regime, compounded by the President's desire to delay testing to keep from driving numbers up, makes me suspect that the actual number is over one hundred thousand.
I don't believe that the pandemic will slow down appreciably, with a push to reopen non-essential businesses, a steady procession of protests in which social distancing is disdained, and a weird opposition to wearing masks to decrease the possibility of viral spread. Sure, if we can just stop the testing, the numbers won't fo up, just ignore the bodies being stacked up at the local skating rink. I still stand by my prediction of a half-million deaths, but remember, mine was the less cynical prediction.