Fatalism Sets In At A Time When Action Is More Crucial Than Ever
“We’re Screwed No Matter What We Do” seems to be the message we’re hearing from the media, our friends, etc., right now…
That the U.S. is so far behind in COVID-19 response, so lacking in national leadership, so unwilling to take small steps like wearing a mask, that we may as well just give up and let the disease dictate its course, because we’re essentially doing that anyway when our leaders have inconsistent and disparate messages and no central guidance on how to combat it.
That’s why we found this series of Tweets from former Trump administration FDA Director Scott Gottlieb over the weekend to be helpful, and well, hopeful:
Because based on what we’re seeing going on in the U.S. and overseas, there’s no reason to believe his timetable won’t be reasonably accurate. Meaning if everyone can hang on, but more importantly work together for the public good more so than we’ve been doing, there might be a much brighter our outcome to look forward to.
In fact, it’s much more reasonable to say a lot of new treatments will come on line by the end of the year than that the disease will magically start disappearing once everything starts opening up. Which we now know is not going to be the case because it isn’t.
Meanwhile, what little the White House is saying about Coronavirus these days is largely without Trump’s presence. Fronted instead by Cornavirus task force chief, Vice-President Mike Pence, who’s been appropriately criticized for crowing about how well America is doing, of course always “at the direction of the President”, while the number of people sick and dead in the U.S. keeps increasing to record levels.