The good news, according to Politico: Progress against COVID-19 transmission has been made. After a summer of spikes, national infection rates have finally reversed again. So too have hospitalizations and deaths, and since the latter is a lagging indicator, we can expect to see it drop more dramatically over the next few weeks.
The bad news, according to Politico: The success might lead the Trump administration to double down on reopening. Dan Goldberg sees this indicated in the way Donald Trump and the RNC are campaigning, and not just on the pandemic issue alone:
Coronavirus infections are down in nearly every state. That could either give President Donald Trump just what he needs to prime his reelection odds or become another missed opportunity to capitalize on a lull during the pandemic.
The positive trends are real. Covid-19 cases have been falling since late July, including in several battleground states. Hospitalizations have dropped 37 percent in the last month and the daily death count is leveling off.
But that doesn’t mean the pandemic is over, even if Trump and his team portray it that way.