I would like to take a moment to thank the Black Live Matters movement.

The recent spate of social justice violence and demonstrations, which featured an apparent lack of social distancing, masks, or personal hygiene considerations, received the blessing of public health officials.

As a result, Americans are going forward with their lives with less worry about following significant personal restrictions at a rate substantially swifter than what might have occurred without the protests.

The genie has escaped from the bottle, and press-hungry bureaucrats, anti-Trump politicos, and progressive activists know it. Therefore, the complicit American media is peddling fears of a second wave and the fading presence of the Coronavirus Task Force.

At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, the White House task force that President Donald Trump assembled to manage the health crisis met every day. But in recent weeks, as the virus continues to spread and health experts warn of a potential surge in cases across the country this summer, the group has met formally just three times.

And in a new sign that the task force’s work may be nearing an end, its members have begun drafting a final after-action report highlighting the president’s response that’s expected to be completed in the coming weeks, according to two senior administration officials.

At the same time, the White House’s effort to reshape the task force to more closely align with Trump’s optimism about possible vaccines and treatments for the virus has been rocky.

In the wake of these developments, President Donald Trump is moving to assure people that there will not be a second lockdown even if there is a new spike in cases.

“People say that’s a very distinct possibility, it’s standard,” Trump said when asked about a second wave during a tour of a Ford factory in Michigan.

“We are going to put out the fires. We’re not going to close the country,” Trump said. “We can put out the fires. Whether it is an ember or a flame, we are going to put it out. But we are not closing our country.”

Trump has previously said there may be “embers” of the pandemic that persist in the U.S. past the summer, but he maintains that they will be stamped out.

Furthermore, Trump now has set the date of his first in-person rally: June 19th.

Trump announced on Wednesday that his reelection campaign would be holding a rally in Tulsa, Okla., on June 19 and would also be holding rallies in Florida, Texas and Arizona — as well as an event in North Carolina “at an appropriate time.”

The president made the announcement at a roundtable with African American leaders at the White House, hailing the “great job” that Oklahoma has done combating coronavirus.

With this announcement, Trump has managed to bait both the race-hustlers and the COVID-crazies.

It is interesting to note that countries in both Europe and Asia have been reopened for many weeks. The data on coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, and deaths indicate none of these nations is experiencing a second wave.

Europe and Asia have so far avoided a significant resurgence of Covid-19 cases even though most countries have emerged from lockdown and restarted chunks of their economies, a possible sign the coronavirus pandemic can be held in check by less stringent means.

The preliminary evidence offers some hope to areas of the U.S. like New York City that are emerging from the lockdown, even as disease experts caution that the virus is far from defeated and the risk of a major new wave of infection remains. That caveat means some degree of social distancing and other markers of post-Covid society will need to stay in place while researchers hunt for a vaccine.

The average daily rate of new infections in Europe at the beginning of June was down 80% on its April 9 peak, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Croatia, Cyprus and Hungary reported no new cases at all Sunday. New daily cases in Germany, France, Spain and Italy have fallen to the low hundreds, from thousands a day when the pandemic was at its fiercest.

We are about 30-days behind Europe in terms of the infection cycle. It appears as if we may be able to salvage some of the summer!

 

 
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