The United States and the measures of the revival of activities.
Coronavirus or COVID-19 is trending topic, currently it surrounds our lives, we not only proclaim ourselves in self-quarantine as a precaution, but it is also the subject of news, conversation, social networks, memes and basically the theme of all my homework’s.
According to AS magazine, on January the 15th was when 35-year-old men arrived at Seattle International Airport from visiting his family on Wuhan. To what President Trump said: “He is just a person who came from China and we have him under control. Everything will be fine,” in an interview with the US channel CNBC.
Since mid-March quarantine started in the US for non-essential workers in California, Illinois, Michigan, and New York. During the two months since the first case of COVID-19 in the country, President Trump said the following statements:
- “We have it fully under control” — January 22, a day after the first case was confirmed in Washington state.
-“Many people think that it will go away in April in the heat. As the heat arrives. Normally, it will go away in April” — February 10, with 11 confirmed cases.
- “The United States is “rapidly developing a vaccine” against the coronavirus” — February 26. Shortly, the director of the government’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, acknowledged that it will take more than a year to be ready.
On March 21st, The United States of America closed their borders for non-essential trips and on April 21st authorities agreed to 30 additional days.
The day this essay was written, May 19, there is 1.56M confirmed cases in the country, 297k recovered and 92,258 deaths. On April 1st, BBC News released an article with the tabloid “Coronavirus: How the United States became the new center of the covid-19 pandemic”.
Thomas Tsai, surgeon and health policy researcher at Harvard, declares “Part of the challenge occurs when there is no coordinated national strategy in the country and each state must think of a strategy individually”. Because of the miscommunication among states, who have to devise a sanitary and health plan of their own, the curve has been growing.
But American citizens are not happy with quarantine, states like Michigan, Kentucky, North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio, where there has been protests.
On mid-April, President Trump released the guidelines of “Opening Up America Again”, a three phase plan to reopen the economy and get back to normal:
Ø Phase 1 consists on how things are going on right now, with reunions of no more than 10 people, stay home, non-essential trips and social distancing.
Ø Phase 2 involves talking about reopening schools and day care centers, reunions of no more than 50 people, no visiting hospitals or elderly houses, resume of non-essential trips, mass event center can operate under moderate physical distance protocols,
Ø Phase 3 is “getting back to normal” with sanitation protocols and physical distancing protocols.
In a interview at the White House on May 6th President Trump stated “We went through the worst attack we’ve ever had on our country, this is worst attack we’ve ever had.
“This is worse than Pearl Harbor, this is worse than the World Trade Center. There’s never been an attack like this. And it should have never happened. Could’ve been stopped at the source. Could’ve been stopped in China. It should’ve been stopped right at the source. And it wasn’t.”
On May the 18th, President Trump released a letter to the World Health Organization (WHO), in wich it says that WHO has a 30-day deadline for them to make improvements revolving the COVID-19 or the US will pull funding and membership.
We can only hope the nations administration will think through the next decisions and take it wisely with the recommendations of the experts.