Be calm. Be helpful. Be vigilant. Be grateful.
If you are careful, you will remain calm and not let the national media and self-serving national politicians unnecessarily stir the pot.
Two days ago, Dr. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, advised the press conference that, as testing expanded, the number of cases revealed would show a sudden increase. She warned news outlets not to report the data inaccurately as an explosion of new infections when it really was better detection.
That didn’t stop CNN from running the headline, “In just 24 hours, US cases of the coronavirus soared by more than 40%.”
We corrected the Associated Press article as AP and others in the mainstream media missed the proper context for the data. Call it fear mongering, poor journalism, or both, but theirs was not the journalism you deserve.
Elsewhere — and we corrected it — AP reported several state governors were outraged that federal authorities had not delivered millions of masks they “needed” for their citizens. They didn’t need the masks; they wanted them. Never mind that hotspots of new coronavirus were then limited to three states and about ten counties.
If those governors had been effective, they would have ordered the masks themselves under the newest federal rules and received them faster. Echoing those governors, national media including AP preferred to echo the gubernatorial anguish rather than point out obvious solutions.
Their “gotcha” journalism conflated old FDA rules with new ones and they tried to play the race card. Anyone watching recent press conferences can see it.
That’s why you have to be vigilant. Sift out noise from the news and be grateful for how quickly and effectively most in the public and private sector have marshaled the resources to meet, blunt, and eventually defeat the virus.
We can be grateful to industry for donating protective gear, to landlords deferring rent so employees can be paid, to people who follow the president’s guidance how best to protect our loved ones, to private laboratories who discovered local tests that reveal infection within hours rather than days, to agencies that cut through red tape, To creators of vaccines even now being tested, and even to under-appreciated truckers who work to keep supply chains open even when restricted from rest stops on the highway.
We are the U.S. of A. that has shown strength and compassion in time of need. We will continue to do so.