The total Kansas City metro coronavirus lockdown is nothing more than a persistent myth after tonight.
With nearby Clay & Platte County ending their lockdown along with NKC . . . The precautionary effectiveness of local COVID-19 mitigation efforts are seriously weakened.
Moreover . . .
If we're locked down again it'll be because hundreds, if not thousands, of people have died in a very short period of time and the threshold required to do this level of damage to the local economy will likely be much higher and come with unimaginable human suffering.
Make no mistake that stepping out of the lockdown is nothing less than a leap of faith.
And that sketchy policy inspired this thought:
The politics of TKC are purposefully indecipherable or at least unpredictable even to the author. But on this last night of the lockdown we share cognitive dissonance that most are likely confronting. Ultimately, aside from the public long gun intimidation and bully bro swagger, we’re on the side of less people getting sick and dying – IF that sentiment happens to fall on the right and contradicts some of the scientific models we’ve seen. So be it. So far EVERYONE’S PREDICTIONS HAVE BEEN WRONG and that’s a good thing. There have yet to be a food riots on American soil, the models overestimated the coronavirus sickness & death toll and violence has kept on a typical pace seemingly unimpaired one way or another by the global crisis. Accordingly, the politics of the situation becomes less important than the hope that more people avoid suffering & death. Mileage may vary on this sentiment, because for some horrible people out there, rhetorical vindication is far more important than the ramifications for humanity.
And so, once again we share a quick stat update of where we stand in this COVID-19 fight as nearby counties open up at morning’s light . . .
KCMO Health Department: As of May, 3rd KCMO has recorded 573 positive COVID-19 cases and 15 deaths
KMBC: The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 232 new confirmed coronavirus cases Saturday, taking the state total to 8,386. In addition, one new death was attributed to COVID-19 in the state, taking the death total to 352 people.
KCTV5: The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday. The department said the state now has 5,030 confirmed cases with 134 deaths.
Moreover, here's a look at the bigger picture as we wish readers good night and good luck . . .
SecState Targets China
The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, claimed on Sunday there is "enormous evidence" the coronavirus outbreak originated in a Chinese laboratory - but did not provide any of the alleged evidence. Pandemic brings Trump's war on science to the boil - but who will win?
COVID-19 Blame Game
Trump defends the US's bungled coronavirus response by claiming Fauci told him 'it's not gonna be a big deal'
President Donald Trump said at a Fox News town hall on Sunday night that "everybody," including leading infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, previously downplayed the severity of the virus. In response to a question about why he did not act sooner to prepare for a COVID-19 outbreak in the US, Trump said Fauci "was saying it's gonna pass, not gonna be a big deal."
Coronavirus Pandemic Promise From Prez Trump
President Trump Donald John Trump Major hotel group to return millions in PPP funding Trump administration's 'Operation Warp Speed' looking at 14 potential COVID-19 vaccines to fast-track Tlaib, Lowenthal pen op-ed asking Trump administration to release aid to Palestinians to fight COVID-19 MORE said Sunday that his administration is confident the United States will have a vaccine for the novel coronavirus by the end of the year.
Global Cure Competition
"You would think that, based on the past, that the U.S. would be a galvanizing, lead element in pushing for transparency and early planning" on the vaccine front, said Stephen Morrison, who runs a global health program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "I don't think that's true in this administration."
Sunday Night Prayer
Sexual addiction was destroying my friend's life and if he didn't get help he was going to end up in handcuffs. This was clear to both of us as he sat across the lunch table telling me about the secret world he had built to nurture and hide his addiction.
As always, thanks for reading this week. Hopefully, we'll have more for the morning update . . . STAY TUNED!!!