We are all aware of the enormous toll Covid-19 has taken on this country, both health wise and economically. But what most fail to consider is how badly we’ve botched our response to the pandemic as compared to many countries. All who are so quick to pound their chest and boast that the United States is superior to anyone, anywhere in any way need to stick their hands in their pockets and face the truth.
We dropped the ball.
Instead of letting our best health experts direct this battle, we allowed spineless politicians who value themselves and their hoped-for future above all else, to seize too much of the debate.
Example: in a Friday, June 26 committee meeting in the U.S. House of Representatives, a shouting match broke out between Republicans and Democrats about wearing face masks. Democrats want people to wear them, Republicans claim they are being infringed upon.
Sweet Jesus. These are supposedly adults. And every damn one of them, regardless their party, should be sent packing and replaced by folks with common sense and some decency.
National Geographic has an excellent piece you can find here that gives a good rundown on the pandemic.
Look at the chart comparing the United States to the European Union and 7-day rolling averages of daily virus numbers. There are 330 million people in the U.S. and 440 million in the EU.
On April 1 this average for EU was just under 30,000 per day and about 20,000 for our country. But by mid-month the average here was higher than the EU and today they have 4,000, while we have 34,000.
Is it any wonder that the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is now trying to decide if they should stop visitors from the U.S from traveling to Europe. Here are the other counties on their list: Mexico, Brazil, most of Latin America, Russia, South Africa and Saudi Arabia.
Let that sink in. Mexico, Brazil, most of Latin America, Russia, South Africa and Saudi Arabia.
Those are the countries Europe now says we are equal to in battling this pandemic.
What did other counties do that we did not? From National Geographic:
“The countries that have succeeded have been the ones that have had real political and public will unite,” says Jeffrey Shaman, an epidemiologist at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, whose lab is modeling hospital burden during the crisis.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) projects the Alabama death rate because of Covid-19 will be 2,008 by Oct. 1. However, if 99.5 percent of the public wear face masks, the number drops to 1,334. Yet people in Congress are debating the value of masks.
How far we have fallen.