One The disaster is unfolding in Montgomery, Alabama, where Martin Luther King (Martin Luther King) preached that Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up his seat on the bus. The hospital lacked medication for Covid-19, the intensive care unit was close to capacity, and there was a shortage of ventilators.
Between 85% and 90% of very severe and dying people are African American.
In this gathering storm, the city council met to decide whether to require people to wear masks, which is a basic protection measure strongly recommended by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Doctors lined up to defend their case.
Pulmonologist Bill Saliski said: “This is beyond the epidemic of the area.” “Our ward is full of critically ill rabies patients. We must slow down.”
His colleague Nina Nelson-Garrett described the process of watching the guard’s body, 30 minutes apart.
She said: “Simple things like masks can save a person’s life.”
Dr. Kim McGlothan talked about the problem that white people are often stopped by her. She asked: “Is the media making a sensation about this, is it really as bad as they say?”
McGlothan told the council: “People don’t believe in hype. Until you force the use of masks, we will not be able to stop this step-we will not be able to stop.”
Then a black resident stood up. Six of his relatives died in Covid-19. His brother is on the ventilator. He said: “It has nothing to do with masks.” “The question on the table is,’Is the life of black people important?’ I left six families to Coved. How would it feel to be your family?”
The council debated for two hours. The White Council members asked whether young children could absorb carbon monoxide poisoning from masks-no, the doctor told them firmly-and talked about personal rights in private.
Congressman Brantley Lyons said: “In the final analysis, if a pandemic occurs, we will not exclude constitutional rights.”
When the voting started, it was largely racial boundaries. Black members voted for the mask to prevent more families from losing six loved ones. White members voted against the mask to protect their basic rights, and do not wipe the face.
In a 4-4 draw, the decree failed. When Dr. Saliski left the conference hall, he only said one word: “Unbelievable.”
Incredibly accurate description of America today. The country is on the verge of a surge in Covid-19, the virus is circulating in the heart, and the president praised himself for doing “Well done“And optimistically predict that the scourge will “disappear.”
Ask if the Alabama virus is disappearing. Or Arizona, Florida, South Carolina or Texas. The disease angered these states. Before the infectious disease was contained, these states reopened their economies with the warm blessing of Donald Trump.
Tom Frieden, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said: “It opens like a left hook when the case increases.” “You are basically asking for a blow-this is what these states do. “
Alabama is being hit hard. It has recorded 32,000 cases and the curve shows a steep upward trend.
Greg Abbott, the Republican governor of Texas, ushered in one of the earliest and most aggressive reopenings, insisting a few days ago that his state was “still open to business.” But he has been unable to ignore the reality: the virus has spread its deadly tentacles to Every corner of the country The hospital was so overwhelmed that the beds at the Houston Medical Center were exhausted. Now the bar in Texas is closed again. A small town near Houston even imposed a curfew.
The “Lone Star” state recorded 6,584 cases on Wednesday alone, and the coveted numbers make its curve look almost vertical.
If not so many lives are at stake, Florida’s disease will be worrying. On May 20, the conservative magazine National Review was published headline News: “Where did Ron de Santis apologize?” This article criticized liberal critics of the Republican governor’s lax attitude towards coronaviruses-he famously allowed the beach to remain open during the spring break and allowed shops and restaurants to reopen Business-because it was wrong: Florida has no peak.
On May 20, the daily infection in Florida was 527 new cases. Five weeks later, it reported a record 8,942 on Friday and broke the record with 9,585 on Saturday.
‘It’s getting worse, not better’
Although states like Florida and Texas bear the brunt, this is not a disaster because there are only a few places where problems can be eliminated. Across the country, the amazing speed is showing a similar picture.
Every important data point in every state, including positive rate and hospitalization rate, is rising. A map produced by a team of epidemiologists and health experts, the Covid Act Now, shows only four states, all located in the northeast, including New York, which was once the center of a pandemic, but has put it under control , Is controlling the disease. Twenty-one states are at risk or face an active or imminent outbreak.
What is disturbing is that there are now 2.4 million confirmed cases in the United States, twice that of Brazil, the world’s second-highest country, and it is almost certainly a big underestimation. The death toll has exceeded 125,000, and at least 20,000 are expected this month.
Mortality rates are still declining-in this regrettable situation, there is a little positive news. But the death toll is one month behind the confirmed cases, which indicates future troubles.
It is disheartening that in the past three months, the daily new infection rate has been stable at about 20,000 cases per day. Then, two weeks ago, the monster began to commotion.
The total number of new cases rose to 40,000 on Thursday, the worst day ever since the pandemic began.
Frieden said: “The situation is getting worse, not better.” Freeden, the current head of the “save lives” global health initiative said. “The contrast with other countries is staggering. South Korea has 30 cases a day, but they all fail. The United States now has 30,000 cases a day. Someone shrugged and said, “It’s no big deal.”
Trump shrugged. When the President lured thousands of supporters without masks to a virus incubation party (what he called a rally) in Tulsa, Oklahoma last Saturday, He told them In his view, testing coronavirus is a “double-edged sword”. When you test, you will find more cases. So I told my people to slow down the test. “
Although the White House tried to make this comment a joke, it outlined the Trump administration’s response to this devastating crisis. In the early days, Trump failed to mobilize the most powerful government on the planet to deal with this virus. He lost six key weeks.
Even today, the 500,000 tests performed every day are still far from the required scale. Contact tracking (another important tool) is at best fragmented, which shows that more and more Americans are reluctant to cooperate.
Leading public health experts have seen Trump do as shocking as he always said: putting restraints in data-driven efforts could save hundreds of thousands of lives during a pandemic.
Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, said: “Everyone agrees that we need more testing.” “But when the conversation started,’Why can’t we strengthen the testing?’ There is always a feeling The White House will be reluctant to do what is necessary. The real objection is to call for action by the scientific leaders.”
Evidence of such sales is not difficult to find. It was announced this week that the Trump administration will soon terminate federal funding for 13 test sites, seven of which are located in the devastated state of Texas.
Then, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was absent like a ghost. This is one of the world’s leading public health agencies. It was silent when it was most needed. Frieden was very frustrated by the vigorous silence of the agency he led for nearly eight years. Until Trump entered the White House, he personally promoted CDC research to desperately fill the gap.
When the Guardian told him it was an unusual situation, Frieden replied: “It feels a bit like North Korea, doesn’t it?”
The most worrying aspect of Trump’s tone is that it is beginning to change the mindset of ordinary Americans. In all the places you see, there are anecdotal signs that people are consistent with the president-shrugging and saying it’s no big deal.
This trend is very obvious in Montgomery. Finally, the town’s African-American mayor Steven Reed rejected white members of the city council and was forced to wear masks by administrative decree.
But this will be a daunting battle to persuade white urban residents to comply with the decree. Montgomery advertiser reporter Brad Harper said that whenever he enters Target or Walmart, almost all white shoppers will not be covered, while black shoppers Covering his face shocked him.
On social media, people screamed that the masks were “muzzle” and “submission badge”. “People are very angry about this and even refused the doctor to ask them to wear it,” Harper said. “They don’t see the protective device because they can save the people around you, they see it as a means of control.”
Similar personal rebellions are taking place throughout the country. Residents of Palm Beach, Florida, were outraged by the mandatory mask order, calling it “the law of demons” and an insult to the “God’s respiratory system”.
Deeper on the Florida coast, in Jacksonville Beach, 16 friends decided to spend an evening in an Irish pub – the entire team was infected with the virus along with 7 bar staff. An amazing birthday party in Texas resulted in the infection of 18 members of a family.
Many faceless people gathered in the reopened casino in Las Vegas, and the Covid-19 case surged. In Arizona, the Republican Sheriff of Pinal County vowed not to forcibly blockade on the grounds of personal freedom and immediately contracted the disease. Not to mention Cruisin’s Chubbys Gentleman’s Club, which is a strip club in Wisconsin, it broke out on its own.
‘If you divide people, you can divide and rule’
Everywhere you see, there are signs that the social contract of the United States is disintegrating, that the idea that we can overcome this terrible suffering in unity is disappearing.
Frieden said: “If you divide people, you are allowed to divide and conquer.” “This is our opposition to them, and humans against microorganisms. The more we divide, the more microorganisms we will conquer.”
Wändi Bruine de Bruin, dean of public policy, psychology and behavioral sciences at the University of Southern California, has been tracking changing public responses since March. Through a rolling survey of 7,000 adults, she found that most Americans (about 71%) still said they avoided public places and crowds. But this proportion is rapidly decreasing, down from 92% in April.
She put the slides in unclear messaging. “The news and policy are no longer consistent. Some companies are allowed to start business while others are not. The reason is unclear. This leads to confusion and anger. Some people start to think it is unfair, others start to think it is not so important .”
Jha said it is crucial to recognize that so far, most Americans, including many Republicans, have complied with the whole-house service order. But he was worried that this concept was taking root and believed that the virus was a problem for others.
“I worry that this will make a large number of people seriously ill and make the hospital full. People only realize that this is a pandemic, not a disease outbreak in New York or New Orleans. I hope this will not become a reality. I worry that this will happen.”
The Guardian asked if he was concerned about the public’s resistance to the new lock-up order and whether he should force some states to take extreme measures in the face of the Covid-19 bombing.
“I do worry,” he said. “For a few months, there have been a few people working together to think this is overblown or mischievous. Republican leaders can hardly make people change their views on this.”
Jha checked himself and added: “This is a very small number. Unfortunately, it includes the President of the United States.”
The good news is that scientists are very clear about what needs to be done. Frieden called it three Ws—wearing a mask, washing hands, and paying attention to distance—combined with active testing, contact tracking and isolation of patients.
If consistent measures can be taken quickly at the federal and state levels, public health experts believe everything will not be lost. Infectious diseases can be contained and the economy restarts slowly and relatively safely.
But time in the US is running out.
Frieden said: “This is a long war. We are losing a lot of battles because we are not fighting it.” “We will pay for the mistakes we make in the months and years to come.”