Pay attention to actions, not words

As the White House resumes coronavirus briefings, the misinformation epidemic worsens. My advice: ignore politicians as much as you can, look at the numbers yourself, and act on your own safety first.

By the time you read this, the first White House Coronavirus Briefing at which the president participated since April will be underway or over. I plan to watch through the lens of someone who studies public health communications. The president said yesterday that the briefing would focus on treatment and vaccine news. Since neither a definitive treatment nor a proven vaccine are likely anytime soon, my focus is on strategies to continue “mitigation” — reducing the number of new infections in our communities. I suggest that’s what every American ought to do.

Here’s some other news of note:

That’s all for today. Please keep washing your hands!