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Anyone who closely follows the news of the state of the US coronavirus pandemic can be forgiven for a whip. The two main storylines that dominate the coverage seem to directly contradict each other.
One story shows that America behaves like a country that contains a virus. Each state has removed at least some of its blocking restrictions. More businesses are reopening. The president is cutting back on his coronavirus task force, planning to resume campaign rallies. Protesters gathered in droves in cities across the country.
This series of events can be difficult to reconcile with the alarming trend in many states, which suggests that the outbreak is far from restrained and could actually worsen. Over the past two weeks, the number of cases has increased in dozens of states. Texas, Florida, and Arizona – states that have largely avoided major outbreaks in the early stages of a pandemic – set records for daily affairs numbers on Tuesday. In some places that suffered the worst in March and April, for example, in New York, the numbers continue to decline.
In the United States, the worst outbreak in the world is more than 2 million cases and 117,000 deaths. Both of these numbers at least twice what any other people saw. The current trend, in which restrictions are lifted despite the growing number of cases, raises concerns that the country is, in fact, abandoning its efforts to eradicate the virus and instead decides that resuming the economy and returning to normal life is a priority.
Although the USA not the only country fighting the virus right now, many countries have effectively coped with their outbreaks and are beginning to safely discover new ones. The path to successful containment in most cases is the same: locks to limit the initial phase of infection, followed by reliable testing and contract tracking programs, as well as the widespread use of masks.
The United States did initiate blockages, and they seemed to be effective. One study suggests that restrictions are averted before 60 million coronavirus infections. But the last stages of testing and contact tracing, which, according to epidemiologists, are crucial for controlling the virus when removing locks, are not carried out at almost the scale that is necessary for the United States, experts say. A heated guerrilla debate also led to mask requirements being raised in many places.
Much attention was paid to the fact that the first states began to open in late April and early May, but the pandemic has largely receded into the background against the ongoing protests against police violence and racism throughout the country. At the same time, political leaders also gave up their attention to the virus. The Trump administration has largely shifted its efforts to other issues. Congress does not seem ready to submit yet another major incentive bill to support the unemployed or bail out the struggling states. Community support social distance has decreased, which raises the question of whether political will is enough to restore blockages, even if they become necessary.
The next few weeks will give more clarity about the wisdom of Americans making decisions about the virus. If the number of cases continues to grow, this will force officials to cancel their reopening actions and legislators to offer financial assistance.
On the other hand, if there is no significant surge, especially one connected with proteststhis can serve as evidence that warm temperatures and masks can help keep infections at an acceptable level. These discoveries can have a significant impact on the reopening of plans within a few months preceding the second wave of the virus, which experts expect to appear in the fall.
Leaders knew opening would lead to more things, but they did it anyway
“These new infections are not a surprise. Epidemiologists have warned us that opening too quickly can have unpleasant consequences. When we give up precautions without introducing new measures, such as nationwide testing, tracking, isolation, and universal disguise, the virus will find many new people to infect. ” – Brian Resnick, vote
The country is too fragmented to hold a single response
America seems too divided in 2020, too many people are in the grip of ideology and commitment to deal effectively with the pandemic. We have knowledge, we have resources, but we have no will. ” – Paul Krugman New York Times
Coronavirus is just as dangerous as at the start of a pandemic
“The virus doesn’t care, we don’t care. It will continue to kill. … It really doesn’t matter though. People will continue to believe in what they want to believe, and continue to live their own lives, blindly ignoring social distance and refusing to wear masks, because that’s what Americans do. ” – Reggie Jackson, Milwaukee Independent
Backlash against masks makes flash containment much harder
“It is not surprising that huge masses of people still do not trust masks. And this is a shame because it seems increasingly likely that if we all just wore masks, this whole pandemic could end. ” – Tiana Lowe Washington Examiner
US may be lucky and avoid catastrophic surge of infections
“Maybe the number of new infections will not grow exponentially. Perhaps the treatment has improved significantly, and we will see huge outbreaks, but fewer people will die than we expected. If so, then this will not happen because the United States made coordinated, coordinated decisions on how to balance the horrors of the pandemic and the frustrations of stopping everyday life. ” – Alexis S. Madrigal and Robinson Meyer, Atlantic
The US never developed an action plan after the block
“Smoothing the curve worked. Hospitals were able to cope with the influx of patients with COVID-19. But once you have solved this problem, then what? Officials have never proposed a consistent and realistic plan for moving forward. ” – Virginia Postrel, USA today
We can safely open if we protect the most vulnerable people
“By now it has become clear that people over 65 are most vulnerable to the new coronavirus, and the age penalty is especially severe for older people with concomitant diseases. “This tragedy in life is interrupted, but it also means that states and cities should be able to safely remove their locks if they focus on protecting vulnerable Americans.” – edition, Wall street journal
States will no longer block if things get out of hand
“Governors are facing political pressure around their home orders. I suspect that very few will want to reverse their stages of re-opening and tell people that enterprises will have to close again. If I’m right, it means that we ourselves are even more than we were before. ” – Beth Szwerecki, Lifehacker
Some states will do enough to contain the virus; others will not
“The Trump administration pondered the federal health care leadership and decided that the country would use a limited approach to local testing, rather than a clearly articulated national policy regarding what is undoubtedly the problem that is best solved and coordinated at the federal level. Instead, the nation depends on governors and mayors, whose experience is limited and whose access to data is regulated by a non-communicative federal apparatus. ” – Merrill Brown CNN
Congress unlikely to offer substantial financial assistance
“Refusing calls to help state and local governments suffering from the pandemic, and warning of the need for deep cuts in public services, these national leaders are actually talking about needed workers – mostly medium and low-paid workers from black and brown communities. who are faced with the massive consequences of this pandemic can now be used. ” – Katherine Liebarger, Mercury News
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