E Las Vegas Pandemic Disappeared. Trump Knew

The Coronavirus should be respected. It could transform and could kill many people, but so far there are not widespread pockets of that happening in the United States.

Donald Trump said way back on February 7, 2020, that the Coronavirus would be flu-like in the United States. He said it was like the flu and would be weakening more by April. More about that later.


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Las Vegas Business

But first, I took another look at Las Vegas. Last weekend we went to the Ethel M Chocolate Factory. This weekend we went to different parts of town. We see pockets of people behaving very differently.

In Trump country, Henderson, Nevada, the restaurants were full. Not a lot of shopping on a Saturday night, but people were not afraid of interaction. Up on Blue Diamond Blvd where there are more tourists, fast food restaurants had long, very long drive through lines. There were empty seats at In-N-Out but a huge drive through line. It was like two worlds apart.

At the Las Vegas Strip, it has been hurt by lack of planes. Only three planes counted as I randomly looked to the sky, which is very slow for a Saturday night. Nothing changed this weekend from last. With all the cancellations of events, the Strip is hurt, no doubt about it.

Driving down the Strip there were some people walking, but nothing like normal. It was empty by Las Vegas standards on a nice weekend night. Now we know the Wynn and others are closing from two weeks to a month. This will create great hardship for casino workers and employees who survive on tips.

Trump Hunch and Las Vegas Reality

As I said, Donald Trump said the Coronavirus would be weak on February 2, 2020. In early March he had a hunch the death toll would be low.

There are two competing stories going on. First, people are afraid to fly. Trump cannot change that. Families are torn as to flight safety. Permanent incapacity of the lungs may be a serious byproduct of the virus.

On the other hand, South Koreans and Chinese were flying to Las Vegas for weeks yet our hospitals are not overflowing. I know someone in the medical industry who confirmed this. From the Chinese Lunar New Year starting in the last week of January to March 11th, thousands of Chinese tourists flowed to Los Angeles and Las Vegas even though flights were limited in early February. Clearly travel agents in China got around all that.

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Gary Anderson 3 months ago Author's comment

Update 11: Las Vegas did not get Coronavirus from too many Chinese through the Chinese New Year. Our infections most likely came from the East Coast and NYC! The West Coast seems to have the pandemic under control although Las Vegas cases are still growing. The east coast and really, east of the Mississippi is at a critical time.

Caitlin Snow 3 months ago Member's comment

Sounds likely.

Gary Anderson 4 months ago Author's comment

Update 10: The FDA has just approved the malaria drug for treatment of Coronavirus. It is in short supply. Only take it from a physician!

Gary Anderson 4 months ago Author's comment

Update 9: NYC lacks medical equipment. With the hospitals filling, equipment becomes crucial for any effort to limit damage to victims. Trump is talking about opening the country by April 19th. Unless NYC and other hotspots are controlled, that date may be way too soon. Derivatives bets on Wall Street may be massive. But health must come first. Many of us underestimated the virus.

Angry Old Lady 4 months ago Member's comment

Did you see the report that came out today saying Trump has his highest approval rating right now at 49%? With most citing his handling of the pandemic for the positive rating? I'm baffled!

Gary Anderson 4 months ago Author's comment

If you have no job, no money and children you very well could want money more than safety. Trump has people thinking this war will be short and he will win it. You just can't expect much from Americans anymore.

Angry Old Lady 4 months ago Member's comment

Yes Gary, I think you hit the nail on the head there. The economy will affect everyone but most people will think that the Covid deaths will be other people. If millions end up dying, they may likely be wrong.

Gary Anderson 4 months ago Author's comment

Update 8: Because some hotspots like LA and NYC have failed to obtain adequate test kits, death rates and signs of overflowing hospitals are the only measures investors have to observe the direction of the virus. If the hotspots can be tamped down, the virus will present a decreased risk.

Gary Anderson 4 months ago Author's comment

Update 7: Fema is making NYC an emergency disaster zone. Unlike Las Vegas, hospital beds are filling up in that hotspot. Until these hotspots are contained, the virus remains a danger.

Gary Anderson 4 months ago Author's comment

Update 6: While Trump was not taking the spread of the virus seriously enough, Gavin Newsom is scaring people with talk of Marshall law and 25 million catching the virus.

Gary Anderson 4 months ago Author's comment

Update 5: Promising drug used for malaria could treat Coronavirus. Death rate is declining anyway. While I believe risk is declining, I wear a mask to grocery stores.

James B. Paxton 4 months ago Member's comment

4 to 6 weeks ago, I was confident Trump would win the election easily. Today I am convinced he will lose by a landslide. And 100% it will be because of how he handled the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gary Anderson 4 months ago Author's comment

It is hard to say. I would never vote for him, but if he gives out and showers workers with money, he stands a chance.

James B. Paxton 4 months ago Member's comment

That's a good point. But if some of these projections come true and millions die, it won't matter. Any one who lost a love one likely won't be bought off. And it's not like Trump is giving out money from his own pocket. It's the government's. The people would have gotten that no matter who was president.

Gary Anderson 4 months ago Author's comment

James, very high US death rates estimates are, in my opinion, overdone. Now, the financial package to workers may be too small. That could finish Trump.

Mad About Money 4 months ago Member's comment

The world is going to hell in a hand basket!

Gary Anderson 4 months ago Author's comment

That is a broad subject. Governments are forcing crowds into grocery stores. And banks. Stupid!

Gary Anderson 4 months ago Author's comment

Update 4: Lack of testing causes panic. No fan of Trump for not getting more testing. That failure undermines his reasonable argument that the death rate is very low in the USA.