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Morning Briefing: A Fourth Surge? DMX, and Hunter Biden

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | April 5, 2021 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | April 5, 2021 |


Sundays are typically the days with the least number of Coronavirus infections and COVID-19 deaths, but yesterday was an unusually good day. We saw the lowest number of infections nationwide this year, and only 277 deaths. We haven’t seen death numbers that low since the beginning of the pandemic, and I think I read somewhere that the pandemic would be “over” when the average number of deaths per day fell below 100 (which would be like a typical flu season).

On the other hand, despite yesterday’s hopeful numbers, there’s also the threat of a fourth surge, as numbers do continue to increase in the Northeast and the Midwest (which has been the pattern in previous surges that eventually took flight in the South and West). We’re still looking at infection numbers even with last July’s surge, although the number of deaths is dropping. That’s because many of those most vulnerable have been vaccinated (and the vaccination seems to work well on the variants) and the increase in infection numbers comes largely from younger people and school-aged children, who are less likely to develop severe disease.

We all understand acceptable and unacceptable risks, and that’s great and all until your school-aged child (or immunocompromised kid) becomes the exception. Trust me, your kid could be one of the 7 in a million. So, dance like the pandemic is ending, but wear a mask like it’s your kid or loved one who could develop severe sickness. Consider the fact that only one child — ONE — has died of the flu this year. Maybe we should all wear masks in public every day, especially in school settings. I mean, the pandemic sucked, but hey! None of my kids got the flu this year; hell, I don’t even recall a cold this year, when previously they spent the entire winter bathing in their own snot puddles.

The point is: There may or may not be a fourth surge on its way, but would it kill you to eat at the restaurants with the outside seating, wear a mask when you go to the grocery store, and continue washing your damn hands, even after you’ve been vaccinated?

In Other News

— The Times tracks Corporate America’s “frantic” response to Georgia’s voting law.

— Rapper DMX remains in a coma after a heart attack brought on by an overdose.

— Unbelievably, three months after the Capitol riots, half (50 percent!) of Republicans believe that “the siege was largely a non-violent protest or was the handiwork of left-wing activists ‘trying to make Trump look bad.’”

— It’s a slow news morning, so slow that there is nothing particularly new on the Matt Gaetz front, and even the political smut peddlers over on Politico have nothing this morning.

— For what it’s worth, Hunter Biden is out there promoting his new memoir, Beautiful Things, and he spoke to CBS News about his romantic relationship with Hallie Biden, the wife of his late brother, Beau, two years after Beau died of brain cancer.

“I think people were confused by it. And I understand that. I mean, I really do. To me, it’s not something that is difficult to explain. Because it came out of a real overwhelming grief that we both shared. And we were together, and trying to do the right thing. And that grief turned into a hope for a love that maybe could replace what we lost.”

Grief can do a goddamn number on a person, and that’s all I’m going to say about that.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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