The U.S. continues to be the country with the highest number of coronavirus cases surpassing 5 million. The failure of the most powerful nation in the world to fight the deadly virus has been judged by all of Europe and they have a point.
In the words of our President
“They are dying, that’s true,” Trump said in an interview with Axios News. “It is what it is. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t doing everything we can. It’s under control as much as you can control it. This is a horrible plague.”
The devastating numbers
More than four months into a sustained outbreak, the U.S. reached the 5 million case mark and continues to see massive hits from coronavirus, as the nation has suffered over 163,150 deaths, as of August 10.
Note: Health officials believe the actual number is perhaps 10 times higher, or closer to 50 million, given testing limitations and the fact that as many as 40 percent of all those who are infected have no symptoms.
Globally, nearly 5,900 people are dying every 24 hours from COVID-19 on average, according to Reuters calculations based on data from the past two weeks.
That equates to 247 people per hour, or one person every 15 seconds.
The global death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 730,000 on August 10, with the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico leading the rise in fatalities.
America’s lack of strategy
Dr. David Ho, director of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, who is leading a team seeking treatments for COVID-19, described such behavior, as well as the country’s handling of the virus.
“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,” Dr. Ho said. “That’s what it takes, and we have completely abandoned that as a nation.”
When he gets on Zoom calls with counterparts from around the globe, “everyone cannot believe what they’re seeing in the U.S. and they cannot believe the words coming out of the leadership,” Ho said.
Italy judges: Where is the leadership?
“We Italians always saw America as a model. But with this virus we’ve discovered a country that is very fragile, with bad infrastructure and a public health system that is nonexistent.” -Massimo Franco, a columnist with daily Corriere della Sera.
Italy was ground zero of Europe’s epidemic. Italy’s government has admitted that the country was unprepared when the outbreak exploded in February, and the country still has one of the world’s highest official death tolls at over 35,000.
But after the European country shifted its plan of attack to a strict nationwide, 10-week lockdown, vigilant tracing of new clusters and general acceptance of mask mandates and social distancing, Italy slowly but surely became a model of virus containment.
America has had time to learn
“Don’t they care about their health?” a mask-clad Patrizia Antonini asked about people in the United States as she walked with friends along the banks of Lake Bracciano, north of Rome. “They need to take our precautions. … They need a real lockdown.”
Much of the incredulity in Europe stems from the fact that America had the benefit of time, European experience and medical know-how to treat the virus that the continent itself didn’t have when the first COVID-19 patients started filling intensive care units.