In theory, the Trump-Atlas plan makes some sense. If one group of people doesn’t die (very often) of the disease but can transmit the virus to another group that might die, let the virus burn out among the former group while keeping the latter safe. The only problem is that they aren’t keeping the latter group safe.
On Wednesday, The Washington Post reported on an outbreak of the virus in Wisconsin spurred by young, less-likely-to-die college students who then infected others in the community — including, eventually, at-risk nursing home residents. In Kansas, which like Wisconsin is seeing a surge in new cases, all 62 residents of one nursing home contracted the virus. Ten subsequently died.
The Kaiser Family Foundation has been tracking cases and deaths at long-term care facilities for months. Its researchers provided weekly data to The Post that show that the numbers of new cases and new deaths in these facilities have been fairly static but also that they rose in concert with national increases over the summer.