Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s weak re­sponse to COVID­19

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Af­ter hav­ing con­sis­tently topped the COVID­19 in­fec­tion and deaths rates since the be­gin­ning of the pan­demic, with the latest count hav­ing crossed the grim mile­stone of the global record of 200,000 deaths, the loom­ing ques­tion re­mains: What makes the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s tepid re­sponse to COVID­19 the weak­est in the world?

The sim­ple rea­son is that Amer­i­cans are not told by the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion to own the re­spon­si­bil­ity of tam­ing the virus by do­ing some ba­sic sac­ri­fices and not ask­ing the same banal ques­tion again and again: What’s in for me?

Un­less ev­i­dence­backed, ba­sic med­i­cal safety pro­to­cols proven to ar­rest the virus spread, like wear­ing a face mask and so­cial dis­tanc­ing, are en­forced na­tion­ally, we may not see any gains un­til a full roll­out of the coronaviru­s vac­cine.

And the big­gest ques­tion re­mains about the time­line of the highly an­tic­i­pated vac­cine: When will this hap­pen and, un­til then, what out­come do we await for this es­ca­lat­ing in­fec­tion and death rate?

Atul Karnik, Wood­side, N.Y.

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