US President Donald trump has urged the resumption of quarantine and restrictions on the United States.Meanwhile, American society simply does not seem ready.
Nebraska, the first state to relax restrictions, for example, is the second-worst state in the country in terms of epidemic preparedness, with a virus screening rate of only 18 per 100,000 people, far below the manageable level and far from the tipping point of the epidemic.
The US President stressed the need to reboot the country and the economy, even if “there are people who will be severely affected”.
Some critics say trump has in effect given up on fighting the epidemic, choosing instead to make a huge bet on his political career and the lives of tens of thousands of americans ahead of the 2020 election.
The medical community is not optimistic about Mr. Trump’s gamble, and some experts worry that his reckless and irresponsible decisions could lead to a new spike in the epidemic that could double the death toll in the United States to more than 200,000 by the end of the summer.
People began to question the choice of the U.S. government. How much are people’s lives worth?
A coronavirus outbreak has revealed two states where the authorities are obsessed with playing the game of power, but the consequences are borne by immigrants and people of color.
“It’s desperate,” Edward pilkington, the guardian’s chief us correspondent, wrote on Saturday, offering a glimpse of a society about to be rebooted from the perspective that trump seems intent on forgetting.
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“Today is May 4, the first day that restrictions will be relaxed across the state,” Nebraska governor Pete ricketts, a republican and trump ally and White House regular, announced at Monday’s briefing on covid-19.
With that declaration, ricketts placed his state of Nebraska at the forefront of efforts to ease the country’s quarantine.Local churches can now open their doors to worshippers, wedding bells will be heard again, hospitals will be able to book non-emergency surgeries, and most nebraskans will finally be able to get their hair cut, nails done, massages and tattoos back.
The restaurant will open again, but only to half its usual size;Nebraska cross is one of the first malls in North America to reopen.
It was a day of laughter and laughter in sunny Nebraska.
But the statistics tell a different story.In the past seven days, the number of new coronavirus cases in the state has surged by 57 percent per day, bringing the total to 7,190.The death rate has also risen sharply, to 90.
Measured by infections per 100, 000 people, Nebraska is one of the worst current outbreaks in the United States outside the early states of New York, Louisiana, Illinois and the northeast, which are only just beginning to recover.
Even more shocking, Nebraska is woefully unprepared for the challenges it could face if it relaxed its restrictions.Nebraska ranks 49th out of 50 states in terms of its readiness to restart the economy, according to the new crown exit strategy, a task force of public-health crisis experts with experience in government and the White House.
Nebraska’s screening rate per 1,000 people is a third of New York’s, and just 18 per 1,000 were tested as the state prepared to relax restrictions.
Compare that to Ireland, which has about the same population as Nebraska, which has managed to contain the outbreak so far, but has 151 tests per 1,000 people, eight times the rate in Nebraska.
“Most states are loosening their restrictions too soon, and that will only make things worse,” said Eric topol, a professor of molecular medicine at Scripps research in San Diego. “it will inevitably lead to more infections, then more severe cases, and finally more deaths.So why do we have to increase the death toll when so far most of the deaths have been preventable?”
Nebraska is not alone in America — at least 42 states have started to loosen their restrictions.Many of these states, like Nebraska, are far from bringing the epidemic under control, let alone fully prepared for the challenge of a relaxed epidemic.
But Nebraska’s decision to loosen restrictions was neither arbitrary nor improvisational. It was a direct result of the White House’s decision.
It’s Donald trump’s latest — and arguably most spectacular — bet.He has staked his political career, and the lives of tens of thousands of americans, not just on the November election.
The day after ricketts’ announcement, trump praised states that had acted quickly to restart their economies, even as the epidemic continued to spread.Ironically, trump decided not to wear a mask when he visited the honeywell plant in Arizona, which makes the very masks the President refuses to wear.
Meanwhile, the factory’s broadcast system boomed guns n ‘roses’ “kill me and live me”.
Mr Trump has been criticised for a lack of empathy in his response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.But even by his own standards, trump’s comments at honeywell were cold-blooded.We have to restart our country, we can no longer close our society, “Mr Trump said.
When asked if there would be a price to pay for restarting the economy too soon, he used a euphemistic way of saying that death was inevitable.Will anyone be seriously affected?”Yes,” trump said to himself.
For epidemiologists, health crisis experts, biostatisticians and other scientists with practical experience in fighting global infectious diseases, Mr Trump’s push to loosen the us quarantine while the epidemic is still on the rise is tantamount to a capitulation.
“You can’t stop in the middle of a war because it’s expensive or it’s too much, because you can’t demand a truce with the virus,” Jeremy konindick, a key player in the U.S. response to ebola in 2014, wrote on twitter.He also said trump was “surrendering to the virus, not fighting it.”
More than 1.2 million novel coronavirus cases have been diagnosed in the United States, resulting in 74,000 deaths, far more than in any other country or region of the world.By the end of may, the death toll in the United States will almost certainly exceed 100,000, and epidemiologists are already talking of more than 200,000 deaths by the end of summer.
More disturbingly, for those states that have now lifted their restrictions, a new analysis released this week shows that if you strip out New York — where the number of new cases is falling — the rest of the country remains on an inexorable upward curve.
Yet the trump administration still lacks a sense of urgency in its response to the crisis.In particular, there is no sign that the federal government is stepping up its screening efforts, which means that states like Nebraska are loosening restrictions blindfolded and restarting their economies.
“It’s hard to understand the political logic of the White House,” said Howard forman, a professor of public health at Yale university. “why not prioritize the proven response of mass, intensive screening?It’s not even a national strategy in the United States.
Mr. Topol was similarly baffled by Mr. Trump’s encouragement to states to boldly loosen restrictions until security measures were in place.At great economic cost, much of the country has seen only a few weeks of relief.If we’re not willing to give up on this strategy to protect American lives, why would we take it in the first place?”
Topol’s disappointment with the federal government was reinforced by good news from the scientific community.The antiviral drug redesivir may help patients with novel coronavirus recover faster, according to a study.There are also ongoing trials of monoclonal antibodies, which may hold promise in treating and preventing viruses.Most importantly, vaccine development is proceeding at an unprecedented rate.
“Science flourishes at an alarming rate, and everything is positive.We should buy time for science to work;But we see the opposite: lack of leadership, chaos, and death.”
As states scramble to loosen restrictions, a particularly thorny question has arisen: how much is life worth in the United States?Andrew cuomo, the governor of New York, raised the issue this week.
“The fundamental question we deny ourselves is, what is the value of human life?The faster we reboot, the more people will lose their lives and the higher the human-related costs will be, “cuomo said.
Even Dr. Anthony fauci, an infectious disease expert at the heart of the federal response, asked the question: “how many deaths and suffering are acceptable?”Dr. Fauci went on to say that states that now lift the restrictions “invite a rebound.”
One of the reasons states like Nebraska have rashly chosen to relax restrictions, even if there is a risk, is that there is a lag in the outbreak, and the consequences are not immediately apparent.
“It’s going to take a while for the waves to converge,” forman said. “my guess is that when the states restart, we’re going to see new epidemic waves, increasingly scary waves, sometime in the late summer.”
Topol agrees.When you start to relax, everyone feels good.The weather was perfect and the people cheered.But look at it a month later and I don’t know.
There may be another reason for complacency about controlling the epidemic — many people don’t see the virus spreading.As the virus crisis deepens in the United States, there is growing evidence that the virus’s impact is concentrated in certain racial and ethnic groups and among the elderly, who are often marginalized by society.
Although anyone was at risk of infection, the virus first breached prisons and nursing homes, and caused particularly severe casualties in African American and other minority communities.Cory booker, a former democratic presidential candidate and senator from New Jersey, told the guardian that “in a profound way, this virus has not only exposed but exacerbated the deep structural racial inequalities that have consumed the lives and livelihoods of countless people of color for generations.”
“Under the covid-19 epidemic, we’ve seen striking health disparities between populations, and that’s not going to go away as states loosen their restrictions — it’s going to continue, and it’s going to get worse.This means that communities of color will continue to face increasing health risks as a result of the President’s reckless and irresponsible guidance.”
The pattern described by booker has been well documented in Nebraska.The covid-19 pandemic has hit hardest in central parts of the state, where meatpacking plants are concentrated and most of the residents are migrant workers.
“People are scared,” said Audrey lutz, executive director of the multicultural coalition, a nonprofit organization that works with immigrants in the area. “fear is everywhere. You have to feed your family.
JBS Beef is one of the meat processing plants hardest hit by the outbreak, with hundreds of confirmed cases, but it stayed open after trump declared meat processing “critical infrastructure.”
Health authorities have been trying to keep factories from becoming hotbeds for the spread of the virus, but the lack of local screening makes that nearly impossible.
Luz said the national guard was conducting 300 virus tests a day for the health facilities around hall county and JBS Beef.At that rate, it would take 12 days just to test every employee in the plant, not to mention 80,000 others in the region.
“It’s desperate,” lutz said. “people in power are not influenced by the decisions they make.In our state, those in power are whites and the rich and powerful, and those who must accept their decisions are minorities and immigrants — and they are paying a terrible price.”