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Trump knows that there are people whom fanatically hang on his every word, and do exactly as he says. He has to learn to simply repeat what the experts are telling him, rather than make stuff up on the fly to sound impressive.
God only knows how much damage he's done by downplaying the whole thing, but it is pretty much a certainty that it had a bearing on the the unnecessarily high number of infected people in the US.
Countries that locked down quickly, and imposed restrictions on public activities immediately have, for obvious reasons, had far better outcomes.
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Too bad, we could use a little laughter this year!
Agreed that corona "jokes" aren't funny, but dangerous and those people were rightfully arrested.
However, I don't think companies such as Google don't do jokes because "it's not funny" or "inappropriate".
They don't do jokes because this whole corona thing is costing them lots of money and there's just no time, budget or people to make jokes this year.
Started Uni with a double-scale slide rule, finished with some weird 12 digit calculator which only had a 6 digit display!. Went all the way through school (until my last year) using my father's old 7 figure log tables. Still got them: showed them to a class of 14 year old IT students recently - they'd never even heard of them!
My brother-in-law - about ten years older than me - used to tell people that he was incapable of summing the grocery bill without having his slide rule available.
That joke was surprisingly successful for quite a few years, especially with those my age and younger, who knew well what slide rules were, but never used them seriously, so we didn't know their application area, mathematically speaking.
People his own age, who knew slide rules well, found the joke silly. Young people of today have no clue about what a slide rule is, so they never get the joke. But for ten, maybe twenty years, half of the audience would laugh and the other half would wonder: What's so funny?