the American response to COVID is haphazard and mostly not effective. As many epidemiologists warned, the country was opening the economy too fast. This is why we are seeing spikes in both red and blue states. This will have real consequences for the country. Not only are we doing to see hundreds of thousands, perhaps into the million, deaths, and families planning funerals. These are personal tragedies that also translate to the economy. It means fewer breadwinners, and fear is not conducive to a healthy economy. This means that restarting the economy is harder.
I know, there are people who don’t care. Or some who believe it’s a hoax, and the deep state. There are a few who still think this is the flu. However, we have lost over 120,000 Americans in a few short months. There are those who defy health orders because of a libertarian concept of freedom, meaning they will not let the government tell them what to do. Ironically many of these are also the law and order types for others. But now we are seeing another consequence. This is not unexpected from a public health perspective. It is a real hit to our national reputation, and another signal the United States is leaving the stage as a global leader. The European Union is considering not allowing Americans within their borders when they open then on July first. We are in good company since Russia and Brazil are making the list as well.
so who will be allowed in? Citizens of nations who have done a good job in stopping the spread of the disease. We have not. In fact, it looks as we have given up. This is a slap in the face of American pride. For the nationalist right, a loud minority in the United States, this might be proof we should go at it alone. However, this is a problem for commerce, trade, contact, and even cultural exchanges. It also proves the nation that once led the methods and systems of public health, is no longer a leader. In fact, we are willing to give up in extensive testing and contact tracing in the name of politics, or worst.
Donald Trump’s true white nationalist base may love it since it follows the basest of instincts. Americans who have no passport may not care (the majority of the nation) but this is a serious matter. The president will make this into us versus them, which is all he understands, and it will…