A Pandemic in the United States and the World: COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic is the greatest global crisis of the past 100 years, aside from the 20th century wars. The United States has fared much worse than almost every other comparable country in the world, with over 7 million cases and 200,000 deaths by the end of September.
Despite inventing the most advanced technologies, having the best hospitals, showcasing the greatest bio-medical research centers and universities, and bearing the cost of the most expensive health care systems, the U.S. ended up in last place.
To put it bluntly, something went catastrophically wrong!
The problem has been studied by medical professionals, epidemiologists, economists, sociologists, psychologists, and political scientists. Emerging consensus points to a profound failure of federal and some state governments.
The failure of the U.S. government to fulfill its first and foremost obligation — protecting Americans from foreign and domestic adversities — can be commonly explained by a number of reasons:
- Early response delays
- Persistently minimizing the problem and misleading public despite warnings of the gravity of pandemic
- Acting in a chaotic and uncoordinated fashion
- Organizing “super-spreader” rallies with few masks and no distancing (eg. Tulsa, Monument Valley) sometimes in violation of the local health rules.
- Poor handling of BLM protests in the cities across the country
- Often contradicting CDC experts and medical professionals
- Suggesting puzzling remedies like bleach, UV-light and Hydroxychloroquine
- Mocking people wearing masks; “war on masks”
- Politically motivated allocation of material resources
There is already a huge volume of information on the COVID-19 pandemic, both in the U.S. and the world, for readers to access. Our contribution is presenting a factual picture of the pandemic in the U.S. from December 2019 to date.
This illustrations are organized in three columns, month-by-month:
- Left – COVID-19 origin and progress
- Center – U.S. response (Federal and local governments)
- Right – Social and economic impact
As this is an ongoing and dynamic issue, we will be frequently publishing updates.