Mar 16, 2020

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 450 words, a 2-minute read.

1 big thing: "15 days to slow the spread"

Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump is leveling with the American people that the coronavirus demands they adjust their view on what's normal.

Why it matters: Trump has made the pivot to acknowledging that public safety is seriously at risk, Axios' Margaret Talev and Alayna Treene report.

  • During today's briefing, Trump said he does not currently plan to announce a national quarantine, but that restrictions could apply to certain coronavirus hotspots.
  • Social distancing may last until July or August, he noted.
  • “If everyone makes these critical changes and sacrifices now, we will rally together as one nation and we will defeat the virus."

The big picture: Europe is going under lockdown, with Germany and Spain and France closing their borders as cases surge.

  • Because of testing failures, the U.S. still doesn't have a sense of how many cases are in its own borders, but political leadership is needed to get people to take social distancing seriously.

So the White House message to America: We have 15 days to flatten the curve.

  • If anyone in a household gets infected, everyone should quarantine.
  • Avoid nonessential travel, and avoid eating or drinking in public establishments.
  • Avoid groups of more than 10 people.
  • The old and sick should stay home.

Between the lines: Trump conceded that the U.S. may be headed for a recession, but that public health is the higher priority.

  • "We're not thinking in terms of recession, we're thinking in terms of the virus."
  • The S&P 500 closed down 12%, while the Dow fell 13% (or 2,999 points).
  • Trump on the drop: "The market will take care of itself" after the virus is tamed.
Bonus: Pics du jour
Illustration: CDC
Illustration: CDC
2. Coronavirus dashboard
  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3:45 p.m. ET: 179,103 — Total deaths: 7,079.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 3:45 p.m. ET: 4,138 — Total deaths: 71.
  3. Health agencies: Healthy U.S. volunteer receives the first dose of an experimental coronavirus vaccine — The WHO director stressed that social distancing isn’t useful unless governments ramp up testing.
  4. Federal government latest: White House urges the public to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.
  5. Public health latest: States order most nonessential services to close — Canada closed its borders, with an exemption for U.S. citizens. Ohio wants to delay its primary.
  6. Sports latest: The NFL will hold its draft as scheduled next month.

Bookmark this link

3. 1 movie thing

A scene from "Trolls World Tour." Photo: DreamWorks Animation via AP

Self-isolation is spurring movie studios into unprecedented territory, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

  • NBCUniversal is breaking the theatrical window because of the coronavirus, making movies like "Trolls World Tour," "The Hunt," "The Invisible Man" and "Emma" available on demand at the same time as they're in theaters.
  • "Movies will be made available on a wide variety of on-demand services for a 48-hour rental period at a suggested retail price of $19.99 in the U.S. and the price equivalent in international markets."

Why it matters: America will need a lot of fresh content to keep people occupied over the weeks and months to come.

Mike Allen