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The U.S. needs a leader whose understanding inspires confidence. Instead, Mr. Trump at his press conference on February 26 offered none. If you missed it, you can watch it here:

He failed to demonstrate a rudimentary understanding of infectious disease, harping on “only fifteen cases” that “are going to get fewer” as proof that his border restrictions are holding the line. He blamed the recent Democratic debate for damaging the stock market. He suggested that all would be well if everyone would just quit talking and worrying about COVID-19, as if he could, by his own power, wish away biological reality. Multiple times he engaged in precisely the politically-based slams of which he was blaming others.

More recently Mr. Trump informed us that he intends to continue holding his political rallies in defiance of public health concerns.

The increasing numbers of patients with COVID-19 since the press conference come as no surprise. When patients  begin to appear with the disease who are in no known way connected to a prior case it implies that the disease is spread by people who do not know they harbor the virus, that is, people who do not feel ill. Unless transmission is slowed we can look forward to a burst of disease activity that could overwhelm.our ability to provide supportive healthcare to those unfortunate patients who develop severe illness.

Measures to reduce the spread of the disease offer worthwhile benefit.

The following two articles would be good for you all to read. This is some of the basic science that our President does not understand.

Cryptic transmission of novel coronavirus revealed by genomic epidemiology” from March 3rd

and this, from 2008:
Nonpharmaceutical Interventions Implemented by US Cities During the 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic

Keep to the high ground,