Open thread for your comments.
Klobuchar dropped out. She and Buttigieg (and Beto, remember him?) all endorsed Biden, who thanked them in a complicated anecdote involving how you used to tie an onion to your belt.
In virus news, the number of new cases appears to have dropped encouragingly in China, assuming you can trust Chinese statistics. The World Health Organization thinks so:
In the face of a previously unknown virus, China has rolled out perhaps the most ambitious, agile and aggressive disease containment effort in history. The strategy that underpinned this containment effort was initially a national approach that promoted universal temperature monitoring, masking, and hand washing.
…. China’s bold approach to contain the rapid spread of this new respiratory pathogen has changed the course of a rapidly escalating and deadly epidemic. A particularly compelling statistic is that on the first day of the advance team’s work there were 2478 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in China. Two weeks later, on the final day of this Mission, China reported 409 newly confirmed cases. This decline in COVID-19 cases across China is real.
But what kind of economic production are they getting in China these days?
Maybe going into the office is overblown? Are office workers working hard from home? Maybe the bright future where you can work from anywhere foretold during the Information Superhighway fad of 1993 is finally coming true?
Nobody seems to have much of a clue. The stock market didn’t notice the coronavirus until about 10 days ago, after which it dropped like a rock, until it went up 4.5% on Monday. This performance might raise questions about the Efficient Market Theory. It’s almost as if the stock market is made up of human beings who don’t actually have much of a clue about how best to deal with novel situations.
Here’s a question: how big of a deal would it be to switch major sporting events — college basketball, NBA, NHL, and baseball — to Television Only for the duration? Back in April 2015 during the Baltimore Black Lives Matter riots, the Baltimore Orioles played a home game in an e mpty stadium. The silence made for a creepy experience for TV viewers, but that could be dealt with with the help of an applause track.
The World Health Organization has its priorities in order, such as, of course, policing language.
DO – talk about people “acquiring” or “contracting” #COVID19
DON'T – talk about people “transmitting COVID-19” “infecting others” or “spreading the virus” as it implies intentional transmission & assigns blame https://t.co/yShiCMfYF3#coronavirus pic.twitter.com/RLfFIvrlo5
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) March 2, 2020