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That is the phrase the White House has been using--that they are using data to make decisions related to opening the economy amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Of course, they never share the data. The one criteria that they stated--14 days of declining cases--has been ignored repeatedly across the country. Worse yet, in states where the governors have tried to wait for 14 days of declining cases, Trump has pushed for opening.

Liberate Minnesota! Remember that gem back in April? Oh, the good old days when Minnesota was reporting only 140 cases per day. Last week, Minnesota had a day where they reported 840 cases.

Meanwhile, over here in Europe, this is what data driven decisions look like. The French Prime Minister gave a conference on TV last night. They outlined the situation and how they are tracking the virus. They have 4 criteria along with the good/warning/bad levels they are using to determine policy:
* The number of new cases per 100,000 population reported each week (green <10 yellow <50 red)
* The % tests positive (green < 5% yellow <10% red)
* The R0--transmission rate (green <1.0 yellow <1.5 red)
* The number of ICU beds available (green <40% yellow <60% red)

They are tracking these numbers on a departmental level across the country and placing each department in a green/yellow/red zone. Green provides widespread liberty, yellow is more restrictive, red goes back into lock down.

FWIW, almost all of France is green right now. Daily new infections have fallen from about 5000 per day at the peak to about 200 per day right now. The USA has a population about 5X higher than France, so that would be like the USA going from 25,000 per day at peak to 1000 per day now.

(Note: Ignore the spike on the last day of the data. Every couple weeks, France reconciles their data from different sources and adds all of the "found" data on one day. You see the series of irregular spikes in their trend from this process.)

France hasn't been perfect. They, like America, are not requiring masks in public and therefore most people are not wearing masks. Of course, they also had a very strict lock down where no one was allowed more than 1000 yards from their house for about 6 weeks and got the number of new cases to a very low level where they are successfully tracing contacts for now.

Hopefully it lasts through the summer because we plan to go there for vacation.

For those who speak French, you can watch the criteria starting around the 10 minute mark of this video:

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