Coronavirus deaths have officially passed 1 million worldwide and this deadly virus is showing no signs of stopping. The New York Times states, “Over the past 10 months, the virus has taken more lives than H.I.V., malaria, influenza and cholera. And as it sows destruction in daily life around the globe, it is still growing quickly.”
The United States is leading in coronavirus deaths worldwide with 208,000 total as of October 2nd. The next leading country is India, which has a larger population than the US, with 99,773 deaths. India has a bigger population than the United States and has had less deaths due to coronavirus than the U.S. Is there a reason why the U.S. is leading in deaths by over 100,000?
Donald Trump was hesitant to shut down the country when COVID first hit the United States and has been very quick to push states to reopen. Other countries, such as New Zealand and Argentina, that completely shut down for a long period of time and were able to quickly take action and control the virus have significantly lowered their number of coronavirus cases and have been able to successfully and steadily reopen. Trump’s rush to reopen the country, without stressing personal precautions like mask wearing, has led to a spike in COVID-19 cases and unfortunately added to the growing number of deaths due to the virus. Trump has not taken responsibility for his unsuccessful management of the growing virus and wrongly blames China for its destruction.
Richard Pérez-Peña of the New York Times states, “It comes down to resources, vigilance, political will and having almost everyone take the threat seriously – conditions [are] harder to attain when the disease is politicized, when governments react slowly or inconsistently, and when each state or region goes its own way, advisable or not.” Unfortunately, the United States has shown each of these characteristics at some point during the pandemic response and has ultimately felt the consequences.
This past Tuesday at the first Presidential Debate of the year, Donald Trump criticized Joe Biden for wearing a mask even in situations when they are not required. When asked by moderator, Chris Wallace, about Trump’s questioning of the effectiveness of masks, Trump’s exact response was, “I don’t wear face masks like him. Every time you see him he’s got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away from [inaudible] he shows up with one of the biggest masks I’ve ever seen.” Donald Trump claims that he only wear a mask when he feels it necessary. Just two days after the debate, President Donald Trump and First Lady, Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus. Also testing positive were advisor Hope Hicks, Senator Mike Lee and John Jenkins, the President of Notre Dame University, who were all at the White House at the SCOTUS announcement.
After a majority of the Trump family had recently traveled with aide, Hope Hicks, who had tested positive and Donal Trump attended numerous large gathering across the country, the President and First Lady have no contracted the virus. At the first debate, the family of Trump in attendance sat in the audience, unmasked, while the family of Joe Biden did wear masks. Donald and Melania Trump, as well as Hope Hicks and Mike Lee have tested positive for COVID since the debate.
Information Courtesy of the New York Times