The current state of The United States is disappointingly predictable considering their thoughtless
reopening plans. Around 2.6 million people have been infected with the fatal
Coronavirus and 128,064+ are already dead.
Who’s at fault? Are we
still blaming Trump’s administration? His inept leadership has always been
known. His lack of vision and pathetic leadership has turned the first wave of
pandemic into a tsunami. We knew that the outcome of this pandemic would be unprecedented
and challenging to overcome. However, it is time that we introduce a term to the world, considering the damages have surpassed all barometers. This wasn’t the
first wave of the pandemic – it is a tsunami.
The devastating waves
that shuddered China hit each and every country in the world. Some countries
emerged stronger than the rest as they fought this disaster headstrong and read
the warnings proficiently. Where small countries like New Zealand passed with
flying colors, superpowers like the United States fell flat on its face.
The biggest problem
that we witnessed in the United States was a lack of understanding. The
leadership was quick to dismiss the dreadful situation that occurred quite
early on in the year 2020. Everything that could’ve gone smoothly went terribly
First, the government
took its sweet time dawdling the testing procedures and then the businesses
and traveling remained open until the situation emerged impossible to control.
It came to a point where people were forced to choose between their livelihoods
and safety. If things had gone according to a straightforward plan, things
could have been different.
Many mayors and
governors like Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo delayed lockdown and
downplayed the severity of the situation.
our arrogance as New Yorkers — I speak for the mayor also on this one — we
think we have the best health care system on the planet right here in New York.
So, when you’re saying, what happened in other countries versus what happened here,
we don’t even think it’s going to be as bad as it was in other countries.”
– This is what Cuomo said in a press conference on March 2nd.
In simple words, he
told his people that he will wait it out and see if the situation is really
that bad or not. And that’s literally the opposite of what he should’ve done to
control the damages provoked by the pandemic.
Other states literally
shrugged off when the virus slammed into New York. This is the time when the
New York had 24,866 people dead and 394,079 active cases of Coronavirus. The
rest of the country was open and in denial of the pandemic.
Flash forward and we’re
looking at the massive wreckage of battered communities and flatted lives
meanwhile, the tsunami crashes onto shores packed with citizens. At first we
thought this would all end by April, but the sad truth is that we’re in July
and there’s still no sign of a vaccine and people are still not following the
SOPs – causing further damage.
not in the situation of New Zealand or Singapore or Korea where a new case is
rapidly identified and all the contacts are traced and people are isolated who
are sick and people who are exposed are quarantined and they can keep things
under control. We have way too much virus across the country for that right
now, so it’s very discouraging.” – says Anne Schuchat,
principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Fauci, a congressman,
believes that we can still overcome this pandemic. He said: “The only way we’re going to end it is by
ending it together.”
For the citizen, this means
continuing social distancing, washing hands with a good sanitizer constantly,
wearing masks, and getting tested. And for governments, that means cutting the
bullshit and taking this pandemic seriously. Focus on the larger picture,
setting an example by leading steadfastly, and prioritizing the lives of
It’s now or too late.