Why Does The Coronavirus Hit Americans With Such Severity? Over 500 thousand died, and we find ourselves having to ask why COVID 19 hit the US so hard.
Before we attempt to answer that question, we need to look at the 1918 pandemic, also known as the Spanish Flu, and see the impact on the United States of America.
From February 1918 to April 1920, the Spanish Flu or the 1918 pandemic infected over 500 million people, roughly a third of the world population. It was believed that between 20 to 50 million people died worldwide. History states that 675 thousand deaths occurred in the United States.
When you read the government’s information during the 1918 pandemic, you get an eerie feeling of what happened under the Trump administration. The 1918 pandemic, according to history, was deadlier than COVID 19. The history books suggest that the local government did not tell the people the truth, played down the pandemic, and thousands lost their lives.
Coming back to the present day, the coronavirus hit the US hard because when the first case was discovered in America in January 2020, Donald Trump played down the severity of the virus. However, he did tell Bob Woodward during a telephone conversation that the virus was deadly and airborne.
Donald Trump continues to play down the virus in the same manner in which the government of the 1918 pandemic did. In fact, his behaviour was even worse because he lied to the American people, mocked those who wear a mask and told is supporters that mask was not that important, held various outdoors election rallies with hundreds of people not wearing a mask.
The Ex-President refusal to listen to the scientist telling him that wearing a mask, social distancing and washing your hands would severely reduce the virus infection. Because of his behaviour, many Americans disregard scientific information. Trump kept telling them that “we are round the corner”, and people kept dying.
We must recognise that Trump did not create or cause the COVID 19, but he was complicit in the devastating effect that the coronavirus had on the American people.
The government are elected to protect and serve its citizens, be honest, tell them the truth, especially in the middle of a health crisis, irrespective of whether the truth hurt or not. So lying to the country and causing the deaths of over 500 hundred Americans is the former president’s responsibility, and he must be held accountable.
In my opinion, that level of deaths in America is mainly the cause of an individual’s behaviour that did not care about the very people he was elected to serve and protect. There is a new President in the White House. So far, he is following the science, encouraging all Americans to wear a mask, telling them that mask-wearing is not political but something that will save their lives and the life of their fellow Americans.
It is hoped that America does not pass the 675 thousand people that they lost during the 1918 pandemic, even though we are at 500 thousand already. Leadership is important, especially in the middle of a health crisis. Although the rest of the world struggles with the coronavirus, most take a different view of stopping the virus.
Countries like the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, China, Isreal and many others put in place procedures that their citizens may not appreciate, but it helps control the virus.
The people in the 1918 pandemic did not have any vaccine, so they used mask quarantines and social distancing. During the pandemic’s, many cities shut down essential services. We are fortunate that we have so many vaccines available to us; the Biontech, Pfizer, Moderna, Oxford Astrazeneca vaccines. The hope is that with the rollout of the various vaccine available many people worldwide, especially those in the US, will take the vaccination.
We will emerge from this COVID 19 pandemic nightmare. But, I hope that the US learn a lesson and never allow another health crisis to take so many people’s lives. The Americans must listen to their scientist heed their warnings to keep themselves and their fellow Americans safe.