The lack of a response from the Trump Administration to this pandemic is going to cost thousands of Americans their lives, and demographically this could disproportionately affect Trump’s base. Fox News has been completely in step with the disinformation and outright lies being disseminated by the right, and they too are culpable for lying to the most vulnerable of their viewers. Listening to numerous Republican senior citizens saying that they’re willing to sacrifice the lives of their fellow citizens in order to save their 401ks is unbelievable and beyond disturbing. Yet still none of their ranks will stand up and speak out.
We are in uncharted waters, and letting this incompetent president continue to pretend he’s in charge and doing a good job by the American people is unacceptable. I don’t know how we can put someone with a functioning brain in charge of things before November, but we have to come up with something.
Our hospitals cannot handle the anticipated number of patients that an unchecked pandemic will bring to their doors, and our healthcare providers will be overwhelmed by the stampede. We have to do everything we can to limit the spread, and it should be done world-wide. Since we can’t control the rest of the world, it’s imperative that there be a country-wide stay-at-home requirement for the immediate future. Before rescinding these policies, there must be measurable and reasonable requirements to meet regarding the rate of infection, number of ICU beds available, the number of infected healthcare providers and how to ensure those known to have recovered are both immune and noninfectious.
We will forever have the “before” and “after” of this pandemic, and I hope we are able to remember this long enough to make sure we’re better prepared when it happens again.