News broke Wednesday night that actors Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for the coronavirus. Their sons, Chet and Colin Hanks, took to Instagram to give fans an update on their parents' health.
SicSemperTyrannis: A short list of Trump's COVID-19 blunders: • Relied on his slum lord son-in-law and a race baiting bigot Stephen Miller for medical advice. • In 2018 Trump fired Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert, whose job was to coordinate a response to global pandemics. In 2018 Dr. Luciana Borio, the NSC director for medical and bio-defense preparedness, left the job. In 2019 the NSC’s Senior Director for Global Health Security and bio-defense, Tim Ziemer, left the position and Trump did not replace any of them. • Trump shut down the entire Global Health Security and Bio-defense agency. Amid the outbreak Trump proposed a 19% cut to the budget of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention plus a 10% cut to Public Health Services and a 7% cut to Global Health Services. • In 2018, at Trump’s direction, the CDC stopped funding epidemic prevention activities in 39 out of 49 countries including China. • Called COVID-19 a hoax at his rallies while the virus was being spread at those rallies. • Trump pretends it's been contained in NY, CA and WA. • Tried to buy exclusive rights to a Coronavirus vaccine that is in testing in Germany to monopolize its supply. • U.S. passengers returning from Europe were funneled through 13 airports that were not set up to handle testing. • Claims people arriving from Europe are being tested when they aren't. • Suspended all travel from Europe but with exemptions for 15 countries. • Imposed a ban on flights from China but did not include Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao. • Incorrectly described the Google website that helps triage individuals for Coronavirus testing. Then tried to capitalize on the failure of the website. • Falsely claimed that H1N1 test kits were done late when those test kits were available before the first American death. • Fixated on the 12,000 US deaths in one year from H1N1 while downplaying the 14,800 US deaths in less than a month from COVID-19. • Did not replenish the government’s reserve of disaster supplies in his first three years when it held only 12 million respirator masks for health care workers and many of those had expired. His FEMA officials say supplies are being shipped with no details when 500 million are needed. • Switched from saying the tests were good to blaming Obama for their failure despite having access to tests from the WHO. • Trump declined to use the World Health Organization’s test. Back in January within a week of the first Chinese outbreak, Berlin virologists had produced the first diagnostic test. By the end of February, the WHO had shipped out tests kits to 60 countries EXCEPT the USA. • Continued to shake hands despite CDC guidance and only stopped when his plutocrat pals at Mar a Lago started getting sick. • Incorrectly said trade and cargo from Europe was not allowed when no restrictions were in place yet. • Incorrectly said health insurance companies had “agreed to waive all copayments for Coronavirus treatments” while opposing sick benefits for workers. • He has expressed an astonishing lack of knowledge while claiming to be a scientific savant. • "I didn’t know people died from the flu.", despite his own grandfather dying from the Spanish flu. • The Trump administration overruled health officials who recommended that elderly not fly because he wanted to protect his campaign donors in the airline industry. • Falsely claimed that anyone who needed a Coronavirus test “gets a test.” There is a shortage of test kits and you need a doctor's approval to get one. • The CDC has badly lagged in preparing a nationwide testing regime. • Repeatedly advised cutting the budgets for FDA, CDC and FEMA. • Disbanded the infectious disease/pandemic task force Obama created. • Claimed a vaccine could be ready in “three to four months”, when it may take up to 18 months. • Tried substituting his uneducated “hunch” and "gut" for the judgment of WHO medical professionals that the mortality rate is under 1% (in reality, it is higher). • Suggests that people with the virus could still go to work and get better while at work. • Botched the process of creating Coronavirus testing kits. • U.S. embassy in Tokyo refused to test the staff that was exposed to Coronavirus. • Claims, with no proof, that the Coronavirus is going to end in two months. • Claims, with no proof, that the Coronavirus will disappear in warm weather. • Put an anti-science religious zealot in charge of a public health crisis and then micro-managed him when he got too much limelight. • Federal workers did not have the necessary protective gear or training when they were sent to help quarantined Americans who were evacuated from China. • Claims poor preparation for virus is a hoax. • Pence went to CPAC fundraiser instead of putting full force of the government to use against the virus. • As soon as we learned of an outbreak, we should have tracked down anyone that was in Wuhan in the prior 45 days for possible quarantine. • Provided defective testing kits with 1/3 tests not being validated.