The coronavirus health crisis has suddenly caught the media’s full attention. Monday’s stock market crash, with the Dow Jones industrial average plunging 1,000 points, was fueled by investor fear surrounding the possible pandemic, as infections spread globally. This, while a Harvard University epidemiologist this week predicted the coronavirus “will ultimately not be containable.”
Trump’s slow-motion response to the mounting epidemic? He tweeted on Monday that “coronavirus is very much under control in the USA.” He also blatantly lied, claiming a vaccine would be available “soon.” Meanwhile, his administration sent wildly contradictory messages about the looming public safety crisis.