April 20, 2020

COVID-19: Need-to-Know News from
the USA

Mark Zuckerberg: How data can aid the fight against covid-19
Why Share It: In this Washington Post op-ed, Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg posits that “the ability to gather and share data for good” is the new superpower the world has to fight pandemics. Facebook unveiled today county-by-county maps of people with coronavirus symptoms, which will be updated daily throughout the crisis.

A Key G.O.P. Strategy: Blame China. But Trump Goes Off Message.
Why Share It: This article details how conflicted President Trump appears to be with deflecting blame for the severity of the pandemic in the United States onto China. While Republicans believe a winning campaign strategy is to point the finger at China, President Trump has been circumspect, a possible recognition that he needs President Xi for trade talks and lifesaving medical equipment.

Trump show dominates pandemic while Biden's voice fades
Why Share It: Axios presents an interesting graphic that shows President Trump dominating all communications channels over Vice President Biden, which makes this short piece worth reading. But take it with a grain of salt. Just because President Trump has more airtime, doesn’t necessarily mean he’s using it to gain support. The U.S. President’s approval rating has dropped six points since late March, with two-thirds of Americans in a Pew survey seeing him as having acted too slowly on the coronavirus response.

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