All Levels Of The US Government Must Work Together More Effectively During The COVID 19 Outbreak

4-3-20
   The United States’ response to the COVID 19 outbreak has been plagued with confusion, disorganization, chaos, false information, and mistakes.
   The Trump Administration dangerously downplayed the problem early on even though medical experts, scientists, and the US Intelligence Community warned of the oncoming disaster. Trump acted like things were fine when they clearly weren’t. This wasted too much valuable time. As a result, the infection curve is much steeper than it could have been. Trump has exaggerated and lied too frequently, even to the point where infectious disease expert Dr Fauci would have to correct him during the same press conference.
   There has been way too much confusion with one government official saying one thing and Trump saying something very different. Leaves everyone from the average citizen to state governors uncertain about who to believe and what will happen. This is an extremely dangerous state of affairs during a pandemic.
   While many governors are trying to be proactive in dealing with this crisis, states are responding in a patchwork of ways and are too often left scrambling trying desperately to obtain life saving equipment, often having to compete against each other over limited and increasingly expensive resources. Some unscrupulous businesses are price gouging in order to make more money (which is sickening considering lives are at stake).
   During this emergency, partisan politics need to be put aside. The federal government needs to be more involved and better organized. Governments at the local, state, and federal levels should work together more effectively in getting resources where they need to be, and price gouging must be controlled.
   There has got to be better, more effective organization than has occurred thus far!
   Frankly, a big part of this includes Donald Trump needing to improve his behavior and/or step back and let other officials handle the crisis. The various levels of government have got to get better organized and more on the same page, which includes Trump listening to the experts and stopping his exaggerations, lies, and public undermining of other government officials.
  Many lives are stake.
  Time to step up, work together, and get things done.
  Not doing so will mean people dying who could have been saved otherwise.

Battling COVID 19 Requires Better Federal Government Response And Leadership

3-21-20
   So far, during this COVID 19 outbreak, a number of governors have really risen to the challenge. Governor Cuomo (D) of New York, Governor Inslee (D) of Washington, and Governor Hogan (R) of Maryland are 3 examples who are working hard to be proactive in battling COVID 19. But responses have varied between various states around the country with some reacting more aggressively than others. There are state leaders listening to the scientists and medical experts while some are not doing so as much as they should. Thing is, COVID 19 is spreading quickly, and experts are saying that we need serious, coordinated action now throughout the country to try to lower the rate of infection; otherwise, our health care system will be overwhelmed as has occurred in parts of Italy.
   The federal government’s response has not been anywhere near what it should be. A big part of that is due to the Trump Administration.
   Trump did not appear to take COVID 19 seriously early on and wasted precious weeks downplaying the threat instead of proactively battling and preparing for it. Even now that he seems to realize the situation is serious, his statements and actions appear scarily erratic.
   In daily briefings, he has made numerous exaggerated and false statements which officials have had to correct during the same briefing. One moment he acts appropriately presidential, and the next he is behaving like a spoiled two year old lashing out at a reporter who had asked a legitimate question.
   During these difficult times, we need stable, honest, strong, bipartisan leadership. Trump has failed in this thus far.
   Politicians need to listen to the experts and work with each other, even when on different sides of the political divide. The federal government needs to show greater leadership and coordination so that all the states are working together and not piece meal. It also needs to coordinate with the private sector in what is needed, such as producing more ventilators. The federal, state, and local levels of government need to address how workers are going to be supported as more and more get laid off or sick. Part of slowing the spread of COVID 19 is ensuring workers have support and don’t end up working sick out of desperation or unfair business practices. And we all need to educate ourselves about hand washing, better hygiene, and social distancing.
   Everyone must work together in battling COVID 19.