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  1. Administration firing CDC officials in China designated to help identify potential pandemics: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.mercurynews.com/2020/03/26/trump-administration-slashed-cdc-staff-inside-china-prior-to-coronavirus-outbreak/amp/ Failure to ramp up testing: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2020/03/28/us/testing-coronavirus-pandemic.amp.html Miscommunication between CDC and state health departments: https://www.propublica.org/article/internal-emails-show-how-chaos-at-the-cdc-slowed-the-early-response-to-coronavirus The chaos surrounding the return of Americans abroad following his announcement of the expanded travel advisory: https://www.npr.org/2020/03/15/816065950/travelers-greeted-with-hours-long-airport-lines-as-coronavirus-screenings-begin The aforementioned firing of the pandemic response. Now, the above examples are more about the administration writ large. I don’t know how much of a role POTUS directly had in any of them. His personal main fault is absolutely the inconsistency of messaging and downplaying the potential crisis, instead of confronting it head on. Remember the “we only have 15 cases, it will go down to 0, it’ll be a miracle.” Also, he absolutely should have been pressuring red state governors to enact stay at home restrictions earlier. DeSantis leaving beaches open is inexcusable. Now, that’s not directly Trump’s fault, but he should have been using the bully pulpit on his own party. Also, before I get accused at blaming the wrong people, the Chinese government is absolutely responsible for the bulk of this from their cracking down on health care workers speaking up, potentially misleading the world about the number of active cases, and, most importantly, continuing to let wet markets exist. But that doesn’t excuse our own government’s mishandling.
  2. The travel ban from China was the right move. It has since been completely nullified by the administration’s incompetency since then. I don’t know how anyone could look at the US when compared to South Korea and claim that we did a great job at this.
  3. Yes, that’s literally how exponential growth works.
  4. For sure. Get some good feedback, put on a showcase on our Elite 8 run next year, and get drafted in the late first round.
  5. What happens when you try to play it off like the flu. “The confirmed case fatality rate in the Netherlands of approximately 7% stands in stark contrast to its neighbor Germany’s 0.7%. The Netherlands, with a younger overall population and one that is almost 5 times smaller than Germany’s, has 60% more deaths.”
  6. Diarra? I know he barely played but if we’re looking for back up minutes and development I’ll take the guy who spent a year in the system already instead of a frosh. Now if the frosh is good enough to compete right away, then sure, obviously, go get him.
  7. Didn’t want to read through 6 pages of politicking, so don’t know if this was corrected or not. Regardless of what you call it, COVID-19 is not just a flu strain. Coronaviruses are an entirely different family of viruses than influenza. Calling it “just another strain of flu” could lead people to think that there is potential for crossover therapy/vaccines.
  8. https://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/thousands-of-liberty-students-expected-to-return-to-campus-amid/article_a7b91be3-217a-598e-a367-34950271e6c6.html Whelp, we'll have a control group.
  9. K State literally ended (with Texas Tech) Kansas' Big 12 Champion streak last year. If Weber got fired because of one bad season after last year that would be insane.
  10. This is a university-related forum, we're used to grading on curves
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