The Morning Briefing: Fewer Lies and More Honesty Would Be Helpful in the COVID-19 Conversation

Happy Monday, dear Morning Briefing readers. No, really.

I decided to get my COVID-19 randomness rant out of the way early this week. These are always fun because a select group of the same people chooses to be deliberately obtuse about whatever point or points I am making. Nuance is lost on the righteous COVID crowd. Were it not for the extreme pleasure I take in annoying people I would probably be frustrated by this.

But you’ve all met me. In that weird internet way.

Throughout the various phases of COVID and riot times, the one thing that I’ve been complaining about the most is that almost none of the people in charge are being completely forthcoming about, well, anything. There’s an overwhelming sense of straight-up winging-it that’s been there since the beginning. The early winging-it by Andrew Cuomo and Gretchen Whitmer sent thousands and thousands of elderly people to their COVID deaths, so it’s a valid thing to be upset about.

The second round of shutdowns is a perfect example. Here in Arizona, if 51% of a bar/restaurant’s receipts are from alcohol sales, the place is shut down now. If they’re from food sales, then COVID is magically not killing grandma anymore and the place can stay open.

It’s a bit nonsensical.

There’s been speculation for a while that there has been some fudging of the numbers when reporting COVID-19 cases and deaths. Matt wrote a post on Friday about a  motorcycle death in Florida being attributed to COVID:

A young Florida resident who died in a motorcycle accident is included in the state’s official COVID-19 death count, a state official reveals.

FOX 35 News in Orlando discovered this after asking Orange County Health Officer Dr. Raul Pino about two young COVID-19 patients in their twenties who died, and whether they had any preexisting conditions that contributed to their deaths.

“The first one didn’t have any. He died in a motorcycle accident,” Pino said.