3-7-20: The new Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is scary, but people need to stay calm, first and foremost. Panicking only makes things worse.
The US has made some mistakes. For one thing, there are currently not enough tests available. On top of that, some of the early ones that went out had problems.
There have also been mixed messages coming from different parts of the federal government with one contradicting the other. Donald Trump has certainly been one of the major parties exacerbating this problem. On top of that, Trump called Washington state’s Governor Jay Inslee “a snake” because Inslee criticized the federal government’s response.
Well, the federal government has made mistakes, and I can’t blame Inslee from speaking up about it. But Trump’s calling the governor “a snake” during this crisis is shamefully childish and exemplifies the lack of coordination and poor Ieadership coming from the White House.
During a crisis such as this, a president should be providing clear, accurate, decisive leadership to the entire nation. Calling a governor an immature insult is the opposite of what he should be doing.
In addition, the federal government needs to get everyone on the same page as much as possible to provide accurate information so that people know what is going on and what they should be doing. As it is, confusion is far too common with many Americans not knowing what to listen to and who to ask when they have questions.
There are countless people working tireless at the local, state, and federal levels, and I truly appreciate their efforts. But I hope the federal government’s response improves soon, particularly the White House’s. State governments are working hard in responding to SARS-CoV-2. There needs to be effective coordination and cooperation between the local, state, and federal levels Scientists in this country and around the world are burning the midnight oil as they strive to learn more about the virus and come up with ways to combat it.
Whatever happens, stay calm. We will get through this.