Saturday June 06, 2020
Quote of the Day
“We were following the news from China very closely. So we started our preparations long before the first case tested positive here in Iceland. And it was very clear from the beginning that this was something that should be led by experts—by scientific and medical experts.”
Iceland's Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir in Elizabeth Kolbert's must-read article, “How Iceland Beat the Coronavirus,” on the New Yorker site. The article is an indictment of the Trump administration without once mentioning Trump or his administration. And yes, Iceland is a distant island nation, which helps with this crisis, with a population of only 300,000, which also helps with this crisis. But they were aggressive in contact tracing and their citizens didn't fight common-sense measures. In early April, they were getting 100 confirmed cases a day. By May, that was down to nine ... for the entire month. In the U.S., we‘re still seeing 20,000 cases a day. I fear that number will rise with summer, boredom, protests, and businesses reopenings.
Iceland’s confirmed daily cases, per Johns Hopkins: 99 on April 2, nine for the entire month of May.