It is now coming to light how unprepared the U.S. is for a response to a pandemic. The President touted a report which showed that we were “more” prepared for it than any other country.
But, we have seen breakdowns in every category of need at this time.
It is almost beyond comprehension to me that the advice to the public is to wash our hands, stay home if we’re sick, cough in our sleeve (or tissue). What does this say about the state of public hygiene, that people have to be told to do the things that they should have learned in childhood?
But, more importantly, why weren’t doctors and lawyers, people with clout, not watching things like the nation’s stockpile of medical supplies and watching what was going on in the world, namely the outbreak of contagious disease?
I recall seeing a special or two about this subject on TV about the possibility of these things, but I’m talking about the day to day vigilence of what is happening in the world. It seems to have been reported that U.S. intelligence agencies actually were noting what was going on, but that information was kept under wraps, suppressed from the American people – certainly by our President not wanting to cause panic in the economy, seemingly overlooking the danger to the public which would soon be upon us.
Again, where were the doctors and lawyers who should have been raising the alarm about the potential pandemic that is now upon us? It’s called Emergency Preparedness. Where was it?