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Mon May 4, 2020, 10:37 AM

5. I think you misunderstand them.

Mostly they're not making things up. Trump's fairly clueless but emotional (in his own way). He hears about a therapy that involves deep UV penetration, he asks, "What's UV?" and he's told it's like sunlight. And it comes out the way it did at that now notorious press conference as something he's discussed and people will/should look into. (Then it gets translated by the media into "injecting sunlight". Trumpese is painful to listen to, but that's still not excuse for only knowing the 2-3 sentences that somebody edits out for spin, and then assuming that what was said had that spin. Not when it's a 20-second Google search and a 30-second read.)

That said, a number of vaccine researchers have said ("boasted" might be better) that they expect or hope to have their vaccines out much sooner than the conservative deadline of 18-24 months. And they might.

Then there are the more cautious, insisting that, really, it's still not clear if a vaccine is even going to work.

Some talk hope. Some talk caution. Some are extreme in both ways.

The allegation of under-recording deaths ultimately goes to trusting those working in each jurisdiction. The most "right wing" system, it turns out, was a large (D) city with a (D) governor and (D) legislature. NY.

Florida is a now famous case, but, as I've said before, the only people mislead were those who failed to try to understand the data. It was labeled as deaths by *residents*. And while we like to assume that words mean, for everybody, what we want them to mean for us, now, "resident" doesn't mean snowbird. It's a squirrelly thing to do, but they were really quite upfront about it. That's okay, a lot of people don't read the instructions before doing a school assignment or assembling things, or the helpful directions that come with OTC medicines, either.

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