A few things wrong with the article:
The president has done a good job of managing the supply chain to make sure states and localities have the ventilators and other supplies they need, including Washington, and he has praised Democrat governors, including Governor Inslee, for the job they're doing.
The president is not the main spokesman. He almost always makes a few remarks, but it's Birx and Fauci who are featured. Especially Birx; she seems to be a good communicator. And the president has followed their recommendations to a fault. Perhaps too well. But those suffering from Ideological Filtering Disorder insist on making this a political thing against the president, so they'll never admit any of that. That includes The New Yorker
South Dakota had a significant outbreak at a meat-packing plant owned by the Chinese, after company officials from China visited. Otherwise, tehy hvae been virtually unaffected. Trying to pin that one outbreak on Governor Noem's decision not to violate her citizens' civil liberties is irresponsible and dishonest.
"Federal leaders have given shifting advice—initially, Americans were told that they did not need to wear masks in public, but on April 3rd, at a White House press briefing, masks were recommended"
And now they seem to be going back the other way.https://nypost.com/2020/05/28/healt...aring-for-coronavirus-patients-who-says/
The World Health Organization is recommending healthy people, including those who don’t exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, only wear masks when taking care of someone infected with the contagion, a sharp contrast from the advice given by American public health officials who recommend everyone wear a mask in public.
“If you do not have any [respiratory] symptoms such as fever, cough or runny nose, you do not need to wear a mask,” Dr. April Baller, a public health specialist for the WHO, says in a video on the world health body’s website. “Masks should only be used by health care workers, caretakers or by people who are sick with symptoms of fever and cough.”
“We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (‘asymptomatic’) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (‘pre-symptomatic’) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms,” the CDC mask guidance says. “In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.”
Baller noted that masks can give people a “false feeling of protection” and noted that sick individuals should wear one to prevent transmitting the virus to others.
And then there is this that puts two favored lefty policies at odds with each other.
“Universal masking at 80 [percent] adoption flattens the curve significantly more than maintaining a strict lockdown,” a group of international researchers wrote in the study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed.
Which, if true, would argue in favor of reopening.
A separate study released earlier this month divided scientists on the effectiveness of wearing masks.
New York's problems are partly international travellers and high density, but largely a product of uncaring policy choices by the mayor and especially the governor. Also, entitled people like the mayor and the governor's brother who think they don't have to follow the rules they impose on everyone else.
Furthermore, the incubation period is 14 days. Once you've locked down for a month or so, you've pretty much broken the cycle. We've flattened the curve; it's time to begin reopening. But these mayors and governors like the power too much.