Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) claimed that he was ignorant. Yet, ignorance is not an excuse that goes over well with the public. That is especially true during this time of the coronavirus pandemic. Donald Trump announces his COVID-19 staff much like a 1950’s nightclub host instead of a president of these United States.
At a press conference, The National Review reported that Kemp said:
‘[The illness is now] transmitting before people see signs….Those individuals could have been infecting people before they ever felt [symptoms].’
The governor finally claimed that he announced his state’s shelter-in-place order Wednesday. At the same time, he said he had no idea that people who had no symptoms could spread coronavirus:
‘The reason I’m taking this action, like I’ve continued to tell people, I’m following the data, I’m following the advice of Dr. [Kathleen] Toomey. Finding out that this virus is now transmitting before people see signs, so what we’ve been telling people from directives from the CDC for weeks now that if you start feeling bad, stay home … those individuals could’ve been infecting people before they ever felt bad. But we didn’t know that until the last 24 hours. And as Dr. Toomey told me, this is a game changer for us.’
People who pay any attention to the news about the coronavirus have known for months that those without symptoms could spread the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Robert Redfield indicated that approximately 25 percent of all cases are asymptomatic:
‘[T]his helps explain how rapidly this virus continues to spread across the country because we have asymptomatic transmitters and we have individuals who are transmitting 48 hours before they become symptomatic.’
It has been widely known for months that the coronavirus can spread through the asymptomatic transmission. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its guidelines for outbreak mitigation regarding asymptomatic transmission, leading Georgia health officials to change their projections for an outbreak in the state.
Manager of Georgia’s Department of Public Health Dr. Kathleen Toomey noted:
‘It’s a combination of recognizing there’s a large number of people out there who are infected and who are infected, who are asymptomatic, who never would have been recognized under our old models, but also seeing the community transmission that we’re seeing.’
Kemp started out standing firmly against a state shelter-in-place order. He said that it would affect Georgia’s economy. However, the governors from the South have bonded together: Florida, South Carolina, and Texas. There are “4,748” confirmed cases in Georgia. Florida has “7,773,” and South Carolina rounds out the trio’s number at “1,293” cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday that as the coronavirus has spread across the nation:
‘Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday said the outbreak in the U.S. was increasingly comparable to that of Italy, one of the worst outbreaks in the western hemisphere.’
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