I’m tempted to say “I can’t imagine what he’s thinking” but I definitely can imagine what a top Trump advisor is thinking when he says something this dubious. Watch, then read on.
Larry Kudlow claims on CNBC that everything is absolutely fine after the head of CDC says Americans should prepare for the coronavirus to spread:
"We have contained this. I won’t say airtight, but pretty close to airtight. We have done a good job in the United States." pic.twitter.com/NsLTDt68MG
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) February 25, 2020
It’s true that the virus has been more or less “contained” in the U.S. to this point as far as we can tell, i.e. assuming none of the many thousands of Americans diagnosed with the flu right now actually have COVID-19. The United States has tested a grand total of 426 people so far, with only a dozen labs capable of screening for the disease thanks to a faulty CDC test that was initially sent out. But it’s bananas that he’s talking about “close to airtight” containment within hours of the CDC issuing one of the most alarming public-health warnings of my lifetime. “It is not a question of if coronavirus will spread through the United States but a question of when and how many people will have severe illness,” said the agency’s head of immunization and respiratory diseases, adding that “disruption to everyday life may be severe.” You don’t often hear the word “severe” in briefings about novel infectious diseases. And you don’t usually get dire personal anecdotes like this: