America: The Ideal Petri Dish
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.
This perfect storm was only possible due to the recent political climate and conditions that have revealed utter negligence; when the U.S. should have been spearheading the effort to eradicate the virus, the country was entangled with political drama and regulatory hurdles. This novel coronavirus was on the radar since early January. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created the “Incident Management System” in response to COVID-19 on January 7. Meanwhile, the country was distracted by the President’s impeachment. It was only a day before when John Bolton, the former national security adviser, expressed a willingness to testify before the Senate. On January 11, China reported its first death related to the new virus. Four days later, the House of Representatives voted to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate.
By late January, the virus began to spread beyond China. Japan and Thailand reported cases. South Korea and…