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Fri Mar 27, 2020, 08:45 PM

If you were president what would you do to get the spread of the virus under control?

The current strategy isn't working. The numbers are going to keep increasing. The bodies are going to pile up. We don't have a clue when it is going to end, or even reach a peak.

How do we know that thousands a day won't be dying in three month, or six months or even a year? Are we going to keep much of the economy shut down? How many lives will be lost or ruined? We haven't a clue. All we know is the figures are only going in the wrong direction and we have lost the window that China and South Korea used to bring it under control.

Imagine you were president. What would you do to save lives, save the economy and maybe save America? I have my own ideas, but I am interested in what you would do.

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Reply If you were president what would you do to get the spread of the virus under control? (Original post)
Doodley Mar 27 OP
gibraltar72 Mar 27 #1
mahatmakanejeeves Mar 27 #7
malaise Mar 27 #11
Doodley Mar 27 #18
Blue_true Mar 27 #27
madinmaryland Mar 27 #15
Doodley Mar 27 #17
DonaldsRump Mar 27 #2
Under The Radar Mar 27 #3
Doodley Mar 27 #20
nilram Mar 27 #33
uponit7771 Mar 28 #38
DanieRains Mar 27 #4
Doodley Mar 27 #21
dewsgirl Mar 27 #5
Doodley Mar 27 #22
Laura PourMeADrink Mar 27 #31
mahatmakanejeeves Mar 27 #6
mucifer Mar 27 #8
still_one Mar 27 #9
bluestarone Mar 27 #10
EarthFirst Mar 27 #12
tulipsandroses Mar 27 #13
OAITW r.2.0 Mar 27 #14
Doodley Mar 27 #23
Blue_true Mar 27 #28
Marrah_Goodman Mar 27 #16
Doodley Mar 27 #24
Poiuyt Mar 27 #19
Blue_true Mar 27 #25
soryang Mar 27 #30
rickford66 Mar 27 #26
spooky3 Mar 27 #29
doc03 Mar 27 #32
SammyWinstonJack Mar 28 #36
pat_k Mar 28 #34
Progressive Jones Mar 28 #35
uponit7771 Mar 28 #37

Response to Doodley (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 08:46 PM

1. Order GM to build a time machine.

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Response to gibraltar72 (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 08:51 PM

7. Two months ago, if not sooner. NT

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Response to gibraltar72 (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 08:53 PM

11. No one will beat this

Bottom line - it's way too late.

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Response to malaise (Reply #11)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 10:05 PM

18. Yes, we are too late, but it's never too late to save lives.

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Response to malaise (Reply #11)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 11:01 PM

27. I agree. It will be interesting to see what happens when China

reopen's it's society. China won't have the virus totally eradicated by the time it reopens, and unless it demands that people test themselves daily before leaving home, my guess is the virus will re-spread there.

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Response to gibraltar72 (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 09:03 PM

15. Calvin and Hobbes designed a transmogrifier years ago...

Don’t know why anyone wouldn’t use that? 🤣🤣

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Response to gibraltar72 (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 10:01 PM

17. Can it take us back to a time before Trump?

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 08:47 PM

2. Step Number 1: Fire EVERYone of the idiots currently in charge of this fiasco n/t

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 08:47 PM

3. Test everyone and isolate and treat the positives.

Everyone else go about their way after that is done

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Response to Under The Radar (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 10:07 PM

20. I agree, and this may happen after months of failure. Best to do it right now and

get the nation back on its feet again.

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Response to Under The Radar (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 11:29 PM

33. EXACTLY! That's what South Korea did.

And they started early. Given that we’re way late, we have to isolate everyone—but everyone should be screaming about getting tests out there. I haven’t heard a peep from my Mayor (Wheeler) or Governor (Brown) about that, just about isolation, isolation, isolation. We need testing, testing, testing!

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Response to Under The Radar (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 06:25 AM

38. +1,

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 08:47 PM

4. Test Every American With A Cheap Fast Test Then Follow The Leads

The tests they are using in Telluride Colorado.

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Response to DanieRains (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 10:08 PM

21. Yes I agree. Why do you think so few lawmakers are calling for this?

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 08:49 PM

5. Lock it down, the whole country except for absolute essentials. Test everyone separate, isolate.

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Response to dewsgirl (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 10:10 PM

22. Yes, the obvious solution to get this over as soon as we can, and save lives and the economy, but

why do you think so few lawmakers are calling for this?

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Response to dewsgirl (Reply #5)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 11:26 PM

31. +1

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 08:50 PM

6. Resign, if you mean by that, "if I were Trump." NT

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 08:52 PM

8. Fire the evil murderous trump team. Hire scientists who are specialists in the area and have

them run the show.

I'm not an expert.

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 08:52 PM

9. Do whatever it takes or costs to get testing, and medical equipment to those on the front line,

Freeze rents, mortgages, and utilities until the pandemic is under control. Provide vouchers for food to everyone until the pandemic is under control

Fast track viable treatments and vacines, etc

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 08:53 PM

10. I would have the BEST scientists help decide the BEST WAY FORWARD, and

LISTEN TO THEM!!!!

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 08:55 PM

12. I would step aside and allow individuals like Fauci and his colleagues to dictate the response...

Let the individuals who have spent their entire professional careers guide our response through science; data and peer cooperation.

Not quid pro quo & allowing private sector and economists develop the response...

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 08:57 PM

13. Mandatory shut down for all non essential businesses. Fines for those

that violate.
Find shelter for the homeless. They have nowhere to "shelter in place". They are out roaming around, getting sick themselves and then passing it on.

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 08:58 PM

14. Impeach Trump again. I am serious.

Schiff, Nadler, and everyone who served in Impeach#1 should huddle-up and develop a new impeachment resolution. Based solely on Trump's dereliction of duty and methodically ignoring professional advice by dismantling CDC Pandemic teams , then calling the pandemic a Democratic hoax which has further delayed this country's ability to fight this health crisis.

Drop it on the Judiciary Committee Monday for vote. Let the Republicans carry Trump's water on bail for the good of the country. Their call.

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Reply #14)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 10:12 PM

23. I agree that Trump should face consequences, but is this the right route to

reach a rapid solution to this crisis?

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Response to Doodley (Reply #23)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 11:11 PM

28. Moot is NOT!!!!! It satisfies an urge in some, but all it does is

deeply distract the country. We should focus on getting rid of Trump and as many republican officeholders as possible in November. After we are rid of the crap, let the competent people that we put in office do their jobs.

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 09:13 PM

16. I would get as many test kits from the WHO as they can send

Then I would work with manufacturers to get the PPE and ventilators made and sent directly to hospitals necessary to save lives. I would shut down all un-necessary travel and businesses. I would listen to the doctors and scientists.

SO much more could have been done as soon as the high numbers started coming out of China.

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Response to Marrah_Goodman (Reply #16)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 10:14 PM

24. I believe this would save many lives.

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 10:06 PM

19. If I were president, I would send trump, his kids, and his entire administration to jail

It wouldn't do anything to get the virus under control, but it would make me feel good.

Thank you.

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 10:57 PM

25. Our country is more like Europe.

South Korea and Japan have different cultures, theirs are more communal and they have greater faith in their leaders and their leaders return that by leading with a high degree of integrity.

China is basically a dictatorship. Some of the things done there medically could be of value, but how they contained it is only of limited use in a free society.

Italy took a similar tact to China by locking down a large number of people, but the virus is raging out of control there.

I would have my experts look at what Germany did. Their control given their society is a free society is pretty good.

The fact is, now the virus is among the entirety of our 330 odd million people. The issue now is about containing it's damage as best possible, in that sense, using federal resources to get protective and therapeutic equipment to hot zones would limit the ultimate damage, and that is what I would do. I would not have press conferences that required my experts to be present, I would allow them to freely update the press though. Lastly, on my first day in office, I would have put in place competent staff and capable medical experts across government.

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Response to Blue_true (Reply #25)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 11:16 PM

30. South Korea is an extremely polarized and volatile democracy

trump like opposition groups including political charlatans and religious extremists who believe in or exploit evangelical fundamentalism have been tearing down the elected administration by every tactic, lawful and unlawful that think they can get away with. they have been opposing the public health effort.

Your characterization of South Korea is a stereotype. It is one of the most volatile and unruly societies in the free world.

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 11:00 PM

26. If I were the president right now ?

I'd resign.

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 11:15 PM

29. Use my authority to order production of PPEs and ventilators.

Rush the production to the extent possible, that doesn’t compromise the effectiveness of the stuff.

Get these to all of the states that need them, in the quantities needed.

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Fri Mar 27, 2020, 11:29 PM

32. I wouldn't have gone around the country for two months calling it a Democrat hoax

and fake news.

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Response to doc03 (Reply #32)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 05:57 AM

36. +1000000!

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 03:48 AM

34. I would hope I...

... had an administration capable doing "What could have been" vs. What DT admin did (or more accurately, didn't do)

Details:

https://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=13168592

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 04:00 AM

35. How would I handle this if I were President?

First, I'd get the fuck out of the way of the science/medical community.
Next, I'd go to work to assure my fellow citizens that we're doing all we can.
Part of that assurance would include timely and truthful status reports.

This is overly simplistic, I know, but I think you get the picture.

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Response to Doodley (Original post)

Sat Mar 28, 2020, 06:25 AM

37. What 4 - 5 other countries have done already

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