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Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Health officials have been stressing that social distancing needs to continue in the United States for as long as it is necessary. But President Donald Trump, CNN is reporting, is hoping to reopen the U.S. economy as soon as early May and to do so with a "big bang" — even though it remains to be seen what the coronavirus pandemic will be doing at that point.

CNN's Mark Liptak reports, "Officials said the options being discussed on reopening the country vary widely in scope, from recommendations on benchmarks for when individual states can begin easing restrictions to a nationwide 'big bang' that Trump previewed Tuesday evening on Fox News. Still, some officials have even begun mulling the type of event Trump may want to mark the day when nationwide restrictions are lifted after he suggested a 'big celebration' when the crisis is over."

Health officials, however, have been warning that if social distancing measures are eased prematurely, it could make the death toll from coronavirus even higher than it has to be — which would be terrible for the economy. And proponents of aggressive social distancing have pointed out that while keeping millions of brick-and-mortar businesses shut down throughout this month is tough on the economy, insufficient social distancing could hurt the economy and the health of the country even more.

Most Americans are worried about the possibility of social distancing measures being eased too soon, according to CNN. A newly released CNN poll found that 60 percent of Americans would feel uncomfortable returning to their usual routines if social distancing guidelines were lifted after April 30. In other words, many Americans might opt to practice social distancing on their own regardless of what guidelines Trump has in May.

It isn't hard to understand why many Americans, as CNN's poll indicates, might choose social distancing on their own even if Trump isn't asking for it: according to researchers for John Hopkins University in Baltimore, at least 13,000 people have died from coronavirus in the U.S. so far (Hopkins reported more than 85,000 coronavirus-related deaths worldwide). And Hopkins' numbers, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, are likely to increase substantially in the weeks ahead.

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Jimmy Kimmel Discuss baby Formula Shortage

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Jimmy Kimmel opened his show by weighing in on the national shortage of baby formula, which has left many parents scrambling for solutions. “I don’t know – I’m sure the ivermectin and bleach people could figure this out for us,” Kimmel joked in an obvious jab to the far-right loons' stupid solutions to Covid. “Just mix you up some Gatorade and some baby powder, throw in some breakfast sausage and it blends it up real good, the baby should be fine.

However, Kimmel made sure to point out the utter hypocrisy of our right-wing controlled Supreme Court forcing women to have babies in times of massive economic insecurity. You know, like a freaking shortage of baby formula. But hey, it's all about worshiping the fetus and hating the actual child after birth for these Christian Taleban Republicans.

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