Well, this is in no way comforting.
Courtesy of CNBC:
The coronavirus is spreading too rapidly and too broadly for the U.S. to bring it under control, Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Monday.
The U.S. has set records for daily new infections in recent days as outbreaks surge mostly across the South and West. The recent spike in new cases has outpaced daily infections in April when the virus rocked Washington state and the northeast, and when public officials thought the outbreak was hitting its peak in the U.S.
“We’re not in the situation of New Zealand or Singapore or Korea where a new case is rapidly identified and all the contacts are traced and people are isolated who are sick and people who are exposed are quarantined and they can keep things under control,” she said in an interview with The Journal of the American Medical Association’s Dr. Howard Bauchner. “We have way too much virus across the country for that right now, so it’s very discouraging.”
While the outbreaks in New Zealand, South Korea and Singapore have been of different magnitudes and followed different trajectories, officials in all three countries now quickly respond to every new infection in order to stamp out what remains of the outbreak, Schuchat said. The U.S. stands in stark contrast as it continues to report over 30,000 new infections per day.
In other words, we failed to respond appropriately to this virus in the beginning when we had the opportunity to isolate it and to limit its spread throughout the United States.
There were a number of precautions that could have been taken at the outset, such as quarantining travelers coming into the country, making mask-wearing mandatory, and closing businesses until they could implement new cleanliness standards.
Of course, that would have taken political courage and intelligent leadership, and let’s face it neither of those was present in the Trump Administration.
So now here we are trying to handle an out of control health emergency that is killing our citizens, kneecapping our economy, and negatively impacting our mental health.