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  1. Downplaying risk, Trump gets back to business as usual
    By Jill Colvin and Zeke Miler Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — At the White House, aides now routinely flout internal rules requiring face masks. The president’s campaign is again scheduling mass arena rallies.

    Three months after President Donald Trump bowed to the realities of a pandemic that put big chunks of life on pause and killed more Americans than several major wars, Trump is back to business as usual — even as coronavirus cases are on the upswing in many parts of the country.

    At the White House, though, officials played down the severity of the virus surge and sought to blame it on factors beyond Trump’s forceful push to reopen the economy, which he’s counting on to help him win reelection.

    The White House was a late adopter of many of the safety proposals it recommended, eager to project a sense of normalcy even as it relied on strong testing capacity not available to the rest of the nation.

    Trump has continued to travel — even to states that still have restrictions — and announced this week that he’ll resume his signature campaign rallies beginning next Friday in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The state, which was among the earliest to begin loosening coronavirus restrictions, has a relatively low rate of infection but has seen cases rising.

    The campaign hopes the location will all but guarantee a large crowd, since Oklahoma is one of the most Republican states in the nation and Trump has never held a rally there as president.

    Still, the reality could not be completely ignored.

    “By clicking register below, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present,” Trump’s campaign advised those signing up for the rally.

    “By attending the Rally, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.” liable for illness or injury.”

    In summary: The virus is cured. Be like Trump; no need for a mask. But if you get sick, don’t blame Trump. It’s not his fault.

    Nothing is.

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    Mask Wearing Correlates Strongly with Declining COVID-19 Transmission, Says New Study
    Airborne transmission is the dominant route for the spread of COVID-19.
    RONALD BAILEY | 6.12.2020

    Wearing face masks in public is the most effective way to prevent the transmission of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, according to a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers also conclude that airborne transmission is the dominant route for the disease’s spread.

    Tell it to Trump. Oh, everyone has, but he doesn’t care what actually works? Instead, he wants you to take Hydroxychloroquine because he knows more than the scientists?

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    Florida ordered 1M doses of a Trump-touted drug. Hospitals didn’t want it
    By ANDREW ATTERBURY and MATT DIXON 06/11/2020

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida is sitting on more than 980,000 unused doses of hydroxychloroquine, a drug President Donald Trump touted as a “game-changer” in the fight against the coronavirus, after only a handful of hospitals in the state asked for access to the medicine.

    Gov. Ron DeSantis said in April that the state was getting 1 million doses of the drug.

    The announcement was made during a press conference that came across as a commercial for hydroxychloroquine. Held in the Florida Cabinet room, the event featured the video testimonial of a patient who had taken the drug, a question-and-answer session with a doctor who endorsed the treatment, and DeSantis touting the drug by name, even as he referenced other experimental treatments for Covid-19 only vaguely.

    Well, maybe Florida will have a sudden outbreak of malaria.

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