Since U.S. President Trump held a press conference at the White House to declare a national emergency . Number of confirmed New Coronavirus patients in the U.S. has exceeded 53,000.The federal government announced the opening of a $ 50 billion funding channel to provide assistance to Americans affected by the Covid-19 . But infectious disease experts at the University of California, believe that the United States has missed the best time to curb the spread of the virus, and outbreaks are difficult to avoid.
To date, the US has tested a fraction of the people of some countries with much smaller outbreaks. Several weeks after the first community transmission within the US, the country has tested more than 280,000 people as of March 25, according to the Covid Tracking Project.
But it’s the kind of thing that the Trump administration has screwed up, while instead trying to downplay the threat of Covid-19. Trump himself has tweeted comparisons of Covid-19 to the common flu — which Jha describes as “really unhelpful,” because the novel coronavirus appears to be much worse. Trump also called concerns about the virus a “hoax.” He said on national television that, based on nothing more than a self-admitted “hunch,” the death rate of the disease is much lower than public health officials projected.
And Trump has rejected any accountability for the botched testing process: “I don’t take responsibility at all,” he said on Friday.
A 100-page report on the Covid-19 in the United States was exposed on the 17th local time, warning that the epidemic and shortage of supplies would continue for 18 months. The increasing severity of the Covid-19 epidemic has exacerbated people’s panic about scarcity of supplies, which has forced retailers to step up restocking. Cold medicine and other stocks also appeared tight.
Japan ’s Asahi TV mentioned in a report on February 21 that the U.S. had a new crown epidemic, and some of the more than 14,000 people who died of influenza in the season were infected with the Covid-19
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quickly responded that there was no evidence to support Asahi TV’s speculation. But Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, conceded for the first time on March 11 that some Americans had apparently died of flu, but may actually have died of Covid-19 . They predict that in the next 12 to 18 months, 40% to 70% of the total US population will be infected with the Covid-19 . If the mortality rate is about 1%, it will mean that millions of Americans will lose their lives.
Trump’s failures began years ago
When Bolton became Trump’s national security adviser in 2018, he quickly moved to disband the White House National Security Council’s Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense, which President Barack Obama set up after the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreakto lead federal coordination and preparation for disease outbreaks.
In April 2018, Bolton fired Tom Bossert, then the homeland security adviser, who, the Washington Post reported, “had called for a comprehensive biodefense strategy against pandemics and biological attacks.”
The cuts, coupled with the administration’s repeated calls to cut the budget for the CDC and other public health agencies, made it clear that the Trump administration wasn’t prioritizing the federal government’s ability to respond to disease outbreaks.
The administration has been slow to react
Even after it became clear that the coronavirus outbreak was becoming a global threat in January, the Trump administration has been slow to prepare and react.
One of the problems is Trump has consistently downplayed the coronavirus, comparing it to the common flu and claiming that his administration is doing a “GREAT job” and keeping things under control. Even on Friday, when announcing his administration’s goal to get 5 million test kits out, Trump said, “I doubt we’ll need anywhere near that.”
Some of that may be political. Politico reporter Dan Diamond told NPR host Terry Grossthat, based on his own reporting, Trump “did not push to do aggressive additional testing in recent weeks, and that’s partly because more testing might have led to more cases being discovered of coronavirus outbreak, and the president had made clear — the lower the numbers on coronavirus, the better for the president, the better for his potential re-election this fall.”
Trump in February said of the coronavirus, “One day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.” Even conservatives have been critical of Trump’s response. The National Review editorial board wrote:Trump resisted making the response to the epidemic a priority for as long as he could — refusing briefings, downplaying the problem, and wasting precious time. He has failed to properly empower his subordinates and refused to trust the information they provided him — often offering up unsubstantiated claims and figures from cable television instead. He has spoken about the crisis in crude political and personal terms. He has stood in the way of public understanding of the plausible course of the epidemic, trafficking instead in dismissive clichés. He has denied his administration’s missteps, making it more difficult to address them.
As the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow at a rapid pace in the U.S., the White House is launching a communications plan across multiple federal agencies that focuses on accusing Beijing of orchestrating a “cover-up” and creating a global pandemic, according to two U.S. officials and a government cable obtained by The Daily Beast.The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Other Trump policies could impact the pandemic
In the background of all of this, the Trump administration has continued to push for several policies .For one, Trump has continued pushing for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, as well as efforts to reel back Medicaid with work requirements. The administration has pushed forward on measures that will kick people off food stamps. This will not only lead people to suffer if they lose their jobs as a result of a coronavirus-caused recession, but it could lead to sick people going to work and spreading the disease, because they won’t have a safety net if they don’t bring in a paycheck.
According to (CNN), the head of the US Government Personnel Management Office, Dale Kabanis, suddenly offered to resign on the afternoon of March 17, local time. Reports indicate that she resigned because she was very dissatisfied with government work during the epidemic. As of 23:00 on March 24, there were a total of 53601 confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia in the United States and a total of 703deaths. At present, confirmed cases are found in all US states and the capital, Washington, DC.