America: The Ideal Petri Dish

How and Why the U.S. was Unprepared for COVID-19

Hugo
12 min readApr 10, 2020
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Preface: I’m not a doctor, scientist, or elected official. I urge you to follow the facts, some of which are spelled out within the following essay. I also urge you to only listen to the pros — the governors, mayors, nurses, doctors. In a nation, particularly, filled with misinformation and “research” stemming from the fathoms of fiction, it is critical to disregard any advice that isn’t sourced or that doesn’t come from the aforementioned pros.

As the sun was falling on the end of a decade, doctors in China were treating patients with pneumonia of an unknown cause. A few days later, the cause was identified as a new virus. The now infamous COVID-19 has infected over 1.5 million worldwide and has claimed the lives of more than 90,000 people. The deadly disease devastated Italy and Spain, and although America knew it was coming, its early response is the very reason the country might see the world's highest number of deaths. This response, or lack of it, is a combination of misinformation, miscommunication, and misfortune that warrants questions of responsibility within the higher echelons of this nation’s institutions. The mightiest country on Earth is facing an epic tragedy, a test that will put its iron spine under a certain pressure that perhaps comes only once every century.

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Hugo

Freelance writer. Athlete. Texan. I consume a lot of news and my secretary looks a lot like me, but with glasses on. Email: hugoarrcontact@gmail.com