Trump's 2014 jabs at Obama over Ebola don't play so well during the Coronavirus era - 2020-02-25

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F347.png Trump's 2014 jabs at Obama over Ebola don't play so well during the Coronavirus era February 25, 2020, Scott Pilutik, Underground Bunker

I've avoided writing about the coronavirus epidemic because I don't feel particularly qualified to say smart things about it, but given that ignorance didn't stop Donald Trump from tweeting about the Ebola virus 49 times in Oct-Nov 2014, mostly about how Obama was dangerously mishandling it, I'm confident, given that low bar, I can at least say something smarter than anything Trump conveyed over that time.

Comparing the Ebola (aka EVD) response (both worldwide and in the US) to this response is helpful since it was only 5 plus years ago, and Ebola was responsible for 11,000 deaths, the vast majority in the Guinea-Liberia region of Africa. Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is thus far responsible for approx 2,600 deaths, the vast majority in China's Wuhan province.

There are key differences. Ebola was transmittable by blood and highly lethal — estimated at 90 percent. It appears that Coronavirus has a somewhat lower lethality rate (though this should be caveated, given how much remains unknown to health officials), but an astronomically higher transmittability rate, given that it can be transmitted by sneezing and surface contact, possibly by people who haven't yet shown symptoms.

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{{cite news | first = Scott | last = Pilutik | title = Trump's 2014 jabs at Obama over Ebola don't play so well during the Coronavirus era | url = https://tonyortega.org/2020/02/25/trumps-2014-jabs-at-obama-over-ebola-dont-play-so-well-during-the-coronovirus-era/ | work = Underground Bunker | date = February 25, 2020 | accessdate = April 25, 2020 }}