According to a new study, America is currently leading the coronavirus pandemic, but in a good way.
This is because a record just last week revealed that the U.S. has set itself a grim record by surpassing every other country in the reported number of people that are infected with the coronavirus that results in COVID-19. Worse still, it’s lagging behind in the important aspect in the pandemic: its response to this global emergency health crisis.
As of Wednesday, official documentation have revealed that the affected have now reached nearly 190, 000, with the death toll climbing to as much as 4,100. In fact, President Trump has even stated recently that the pandemic is about to get much worse, despite saying just a month ago that the virus is “very much under control.”
As such, Trump announced Sunday that the federal recommendation to practice social distancing would stay in place until the end of April, all while dropping his push for a faster return to business as usual, which was heavily criticized by people. In line with this, other officials are racing to find the supplies needed by healthcare workers in order to contain the pandemic and lessen the damage, such as ventilators, testing kits, protective gear and other hospital supplies. Some state governors even went as far as to say that the stay-at-home orders would last until June.
Unfortunately, a couple of months into the pandemic, and the country’s attempts to curb it is still messy, chaotic and plagued by messages from political leaders that all contradict each other.
“We don’t have a national plan. We are going from press conference to press conference and crisis to crisis … trying to understand our response,” Michael Osterholm, epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, said.
“The United States is in a reactive mode. This is a virus that punishes delay. … We’re still chasing the virus,” Jeremy Konyndyk, a senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development, who headed the U.S. Agency for International Development’s disaster response efforts when Obama was still the U.S. president, said.