Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
The Governor of the State of Georgia announced on Wednesday he was finally ordering, or will order that Georgians stay at home, because he now knows something he didn’t know, say, 48 hours ago. He uses the royal “we,” as if this was something literally just discovered and breathlessly announced at the CDC.
So there will be a shelter in place order for all Georgians.
As Greg Bluestein in the AJC reported:
He said his decision was triggered by “game-changing” new projections on the disease’s spread in Georgia. He also said he was informed of new data that this virus “is now transmitting before people see signs.” “Those individuals could have been infecting people before they ever felt” symptoms, he said. “We didn’t know that until the last 24 hours.”
“We didn’t know that until the last 24 hours.”…!? Mr. Governor, this is staggering, staggeringly ignorant.
He’ll have those fresh, up-to-the-second new rules ready on Thursday, he says, and they’ll be in effect through April 13, a very few days from now.
This is the core problem with how Republican leaders process scientific information. The contortions scientists have to go through to push facts through thick skulls is so frustrating, and eventually, painfully, they get it and make the changes to be in sync with what experts and really, enormous masses of average joes have been saying for weeks.
No nimbleness or getting ahead of the crisis here.