Wednesday, June 24, 2020

John Oliver examines coronavirus spreading in prisons and jails while cases spike in Arizona, Florida, and Texas

"Americans may be getting tired of the pandemic, but the pandemic isn't getting tired of us." That's how I concluded '60 Minutes' and Vox on the Tulsa Massacre 99 years later and that, in his own way, is how John Oliver began Coronavirus VIII: Prisons & Jails: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO).

As US prisons and jails see an alarming spike in COVID-19 infections, John Oliver discusses why the virus has spread so rapidly behind bars and what we can do to stop it.
While I've been busy sharing Oliver's videos about police accountability and militarization and Confederate monuments, it's been more than a month since I posted John Oliver and Vox on coronavirus testing. It's about time I did, as the disease is increasing dramatically in the general population in warmer states, which CNN reported this morning in Fauci warns of disturbing trend as Trump ignores viral surge.
Fully half of US states are now seeing rising cases of the disease with the situation especially acute in Texas, Florida and Arizona, which embraced aggressive reopening programs.
States like Arizona, Texas and Florida are moving in the wrong direction, and there are increasing warnings that if they remain on their current course that hospitals could be overwhelmed in weeks and months to come, leaving leaders with agonizing choices of whether to reverse openings or to somehow surge medical capacity to deal with an increasing death toll.
States like Michigan and California, which has already experienced painful months, have seen their curves begin to rise again. And while states like New York and the Washington metropolitan areas begin to emerge from lockdowns, the worsening data elsewhere offers daunting omens.
As I wrote to open this entry, "Americans may be getting tired of the pandemic, but the pandemic isn't getting tired of us." Because of that, I'm wishing my readers stay safe and healthy.

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