I feel like this situation is developing into the days immediately after 9/11. where it's difficult to look away and not obsess about what's happening. That said:
The US can expect 70-150 M cases of coronavirus, according to a briefing of Congress by the attending physician of the U.S. Congress & Supreme Court.
As of this morning, Canadian cases per capita is 76% of the US's. Best wishes to Mr. Trudeau.
NBC news correspondent: "The president fired his top pandemics adviser in 2018 and eliminated the global health unit in the National Security Council."
NBC News: "Trump cuts to national security staff may hurt coronavirus response, former officials say; 'For the first time since 9/11, you don't have someone directly reporting to the president responsible [for threats like] pandemics,' an ex-official said."
A nasty one-timer: The NHL suspended its season just at the time of year when things are heating up. The Stanley Cup playoffs (the best tournament in sports, because every round is best of seven) are scheduled to begin April 8th. It's hard to see this crisis on the downturn by then.
So what's Trump doing now? Blaming others, of course. The Fed, the CDC and (of course) Obama. I'd call him an incompetent moron (which -- and I just looked this up -- comes from Greek mōron, neuter of mōros ‘foolish’), but it won't help and it doesn't make me feel any better.
Reuters - "The White House has ordered federal health officials to treat top-level coronavirus meetings as classified, an unusual step that has restricted information and hampered the U.S. government’s response to the contagion, according to four Trump administration officials."
Trump's error-filled speech to the nation Wednesday night was partly ad-libbed. Of course, that was part of the problem.
Near-exponential growth in the US caseload:
...but it's not so clear regarding deaths:
Some death rates. Perhaps not enough in the US to give a meaningful statistic: