We are all neighbors. The pandemic demanded we protect each other. If we had not, modelers estimate America would have 35 million cases now instead of 1.6 million.
But with 100,000 deaths, this outbreak is far from over.
Ignoring expert advice,Trumppushed to “liberate” states (to showcase his armed resisters), declared churches “essential” (to pander to his evangelical base), and pump the economy (to strengthen his only reelection argument).
So now the virus is circulating in open pubs, pools and pews, ensuring cases and deaths willsoar.That’s because 35% of infectedpeople are asymptotic. These arepeople who look and feel healthy while spreading the virus.
Meanwhile, the coronavirusis snaking into America’s heartland. It spreads in prisons and meat factories. Unprotected workers then spread the virus through their communities. These are communities with poor medical infrastructure and high burdens of comorbidities.
Experts warn of at least 70,000 more deaths by the end of summer.
Trump is now bellowing that schools must reopen “ASAP.” He also wants 50,000 people athis convention.
This outbreak can be stopped. Countries as diverse as South Korea and Germany have done it and are safely reopening. They provedscience-driven leadership is crucial.