THREAD — A timeline of Trump’s coronavirus statements:
Jan. 22: “It’s going to be just fine. We have it totally under control.”
Jan. 24: “It will all work out well.”
Jan. 30: “We think we have it very well under control.”
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) March 17, 2020
In global disaster movies, there’s always a scientist who’s like, WE HAVE TO ACT NOW OR PEOPLE WILL DIE and some government guy who’s like, YOU’RE BLOWING THIS OUT OF PROPORTION and I’m like, NO ONE WOULD REACT TO INFO LIKE THAT IN REAL LIFE.
My apologies to those movies.
— DL (@davelozo) March 12, 2020
My inbox right now:
From: Company I bought a dog toy from in 2013
Subject: Our commitment to you during the COVID-19 outbreak
— Brad Frost (@brad_frost) March 13, 2020
I can do this now, because the year is still young. Need to check back in October 2020.
Well this is cool, per the CDC:
Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
Why? Because hands could become recontaminated if placed in a basin of standing water that has been contaminated through previous use, clean running water should be used. However, washing with non-potable water when necessary may still improve health. The temperature of the water does not appear to affect microbe removal; however, warmer water may cause more skin irritation and is more environmentally costly.
Emphasis mine. I’ve always washed my hands with cold water simply out of pure laziness. Good to know it has some benefits.
Terminology for pedants:
“coronavirus” is a category of many viruses, not just this one.
This virus is “SARS-CoV-2”.
The disease it causes in humans is “COVID-19”.
Before “SARS-CoV-2” was standardized, the virus was provisionally named “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCov”.
— Marco Arment (@marcoarment) March 13, 2020
Trump’s  response: “I don’t take responsibility at all.”
A few weeks old, but a timely share.
Think you have “Good Health Insurance”? So did I until I needed to use it. I had caught a virus and lost the hydration battle so my husband brought me in for IV fluids and zofran. I have no complaints about my care, but was surprised by my bill for an in-network visit. 1/
— Margaret Russell, MD (@Margaret1473) February 29, 2020