Welcome to the whack-a-mole stage of coronavirus
[...] It's a glimpse at what the new normal might look like -- a perpetual game of whack-a-mole in which authorities race to contain the virus as it pops up in new places.
“It was like a rumor Whac-A-Mole,” said Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Despite being a Republican who voted for Trump, Raffensperger said he refused repeated attempts by Trump allies to get him to cross ethical lines.
What is whack-a-mole?
The Prime Minister's use of whack-a-mole to describe a vital response to a killer virus has bemused many in the UK. Mr Johnson refers to an age-old fairground game which involves hitting fake "moles" with a mallet as emerge from holes in a spring-loaded board. The aim of the game is to prevent each mole from staying out for too long, otherwise they retreat and the player loses a point.
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Whack – a – Mole Management is a style of managing or leading others where a manager waits for something he or she believes to be wrong to happen, and “whacks” the behavior with words and/or actions. This style has also been called “Managing by Exception,” because the manager exclusively or primarily reacts to people who act in exception to his or her expectations.
The term "Whac-a-mole" (or "Whack-a-mole") is used colloquially to depict a situation characterized by a series of repetitious and futile tasks, where the successful completion of one just yields another popping up elsewhere.
In computer programming/debugging it refers to the prospect of fixing a bug causing a new one to appear as a result. In an Internet context, it refers to the challenge of fending off recurring spammers, vandals, pop-up ads, malware, ransomware, and other distractions, annoyances, and harm.
In law enforcement it refers to criminal activity popping up in another part of an area after increased enforcement in one district reduces it there. In a military context it refers to ostensibly inferior opposing troops continuing to appear after previous waves have been eliminated.
It has also been applied to fake news, where as soon as one story is debunked another appears elsewhere – or sooner.
"It is COVID whack-a-mole," Cuomo said of tackling the coronavirus cases in block-by-block efforts.
New U.S. coronavirus cases have started to decline in some hot spots while spiking in others, such as Iowa and South Dakota, signaling a new, “whack-a-mole” phase to the worst-hit country’s fight against the pandemic. Progress in one state is repeatedly offset by infections in others, while America as a whole sees little improvement.