The Europeans are worried about the current situation in the U.S, which now has 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases, by far the highest of any country, as of Sunday. The question that bothers many is why such a powerful nation in the world is not enforcing a nationwide lock despite the surging positive cases as well as deaths. Sunday, the failure of the most to contain the scourge has been met with astonishment and alarm in Europe.
Over four months into a constant epidemic, the U.S. has reached the 5 million mark. Health officials believe the actual number is possibly close to 50 million, as testing restrictions and the fact that about 40% of all those who are infected have no symptoms. Seemingly, the U.S administration does not care about the health of its citizens because they would have borrowed from Italy did. Italy was ground zero of Europe’s epidemic and not prepared when COVID-19 exploded in February, and has recorded one of the world’s highest official death tolls of more than 35,000. But after a strict nationwide, 10-week lockdown, and vigilant tracking of new clusters, Italy has become a model of virus containment.
America has been viewed as a model by many nations for a long time. Massimo Franco, a columnist with daily Corriere Della Sera, said the Italians always saw America as a model. However, with this virus, they’ve discovered a very fragile country with bad infrastructure and a public health system that was nonexistent. Following America’s politicized resistance to masks and its escalating caseload, European states have barred American visitors and tourists from other countries with rising cases from freely traveling to the bloc. Around 54,000 new cases are being recorded in a day. Deaths are increasing immensely as cases are rising in nearly 20 states. On the contrary, Europe appears to have the virus somewhat under control.
Scott Lucas, professor of international studies at the University of Birmingham in England said, “Had the medical professionals been allowed to operate in the States, you would have belatedly gotten to the point of getting to grips with this back in March,” said “But of course, the medical and public health professionals were not allowed to proceed unchecked,” he said, referring to President Donald Trump’s frequent undercutting of his own experts.
Dr. David Ho decried such behavior, as well as the country’s handling of the virus. He said there’s no national strategy, no national leadership, and there’s no urging for the public to act in unison and carry out the measures together. Besides, he said when he got on Zoom calls with counterparts from around the globe, everyone cannot believe what they see in the U.S., and they cannot also believe the words are coming out of the leadership.He is the director of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.
Amid the ridicule from other nations, Trump national security adviser Robert O’Brien said they were going to fight like heck, and they’re working hard on vaccines. Additionally, he said they were working hard on testing machines that were portable and fast, as well as on therapeutics. O’Brien also said he was impressed with their scientists, doctors, the first responders, and the folks who were attacking that disease, and he wished all of them God’s blessings.