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CPAC, the GOP and a fricking bat virus.

If you haven’t seen the movie Contagion from 2011, you can rent it from Amazon. The death rate in that movie is higher and the incubation period is much shorter. It’s a scary movie. After you watch it, you’ll be thankful that Covid19 isn’t as bad as that.

The reason you should watch it is because it predicts with amazing precision what is happening today. It shows how the virus was created in livestock, who patient zero was, how it spread, what R0 is and how long it will take to get a vaccine. Maybe someone should have shown that to Trump. It’s a movie after all. You know, entertainment, not fake news.

CPAC turns out to have been a bad idea. Ted Cruz and Paul Gosar are in self quarantine after coming in contact with an infected marine. Romney dodged a bullet.

Trump is handling this crisis very very badly. He played golf this weekend. The markets are crashing, oil prices are plummeting and little red dots spring up along the northeast corridor, tracing Amtrak almost perfectly. His reckless inaction is inexplicable at this point. Maybe he knows something we don’t. But let’s do a thought experiment. If we don’t test a lot more people, how will we know when the fever is burning out and where there are pockets of infection? How can we know when it’s safe to go out? Plan that wedding? Spend money at the mall? Seriously. We’re going to become recluses. That’s not good for the economy.

The GOP’s inaction is a little more explicable. Who are they going to replace him with? They’ve cancelled a ton of primaries. There’s no rival. Well, except Romney. He might end up being the only healthy one.

The CDC is underfunded, public health agency staffs are skeletal and ICU hospital beds will be in short supply. Who’s going to make those ventilators on a moment’s notice?

And this just in from Biff in Rockland County New York. A couple of the confirmed cases catered some events in Monsey last weekend- and didn’t tell the public health officials until today. In that brief period of time when it was possible to stop it in Rockland, the infected event attendees infected two people…and they infected two people…and so on… and so on.