Coronavirus: Is it too much to ask for an actual plan?

Image of President Trump gesturing during a press conference.

Enlarge / To call the
government’s response to the pandemic unsteady would be an
understatement. (credit:
Drew Angerer / Getty Images

In difficult and frightening times, it’s normal for a certain
amount of confusion and misinformation to spread. The existence of
social media and hyperpartisan “news” outlets undoubtedly
exacerbate the problem, but even those are just exaggerated
versions of things that have been with us for some time.

But two things make the torrent of coronavirus misinformation
distinct. The first one is simple: much of the misinformation
starts at the top, where President Donald Trump seems willing to
say whatever crosses his mind when he finds himself in front of a

But the second is trickier: unlike a national disaster or
terrorist attack, we have no models for how long the coronavirus
pandemic will last or how we will recover from it. There’s no
“we’ll rebuild” mindset that people can use to make sense out of
what’s going to happen and guide their expectations.

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Coronavirus: Is it too much to ask for an actual plan?