The US epidemic situation is almost out of control! The cumulative number of confirmed diagnoses, cumulative deaths, and new single-day epidemic data has continued to surge over the past few days, constantly setting new records.
Why has the US epidemic not been effectively controlled?
The National Disaster Preparedness Center of the Earth Institute of Columbia University recently released a report that directly reported a series of problems and errors in the US federal government’s response to the epidemic, which led to the large-scale spread of the virus and the death of a large number of confirmed patients.
And if the government can respond promptly and effectively, “at least 130,000, even as many as 21 million deaths could be avoided” .
The latest statistics from Johns Hopkins University in the United States show that as of 5:24 on October 25, Beijing time, the cumulative number of confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia in the United States reached 8,563,540, and the cumulative number of deaths was 224,720. In the past 24 hours, there have been more than 94,000 new confirmed cases, breaking the highest record set just on October 23.
The report issued by the National Disaster Preparedness Center of the Earth Institute of Columbia University believes that in the early stage of the outbreak, the virus detection work in the United States failed to follow up in time for a long time, which caused the health and epidemic prevention departments to be unable to grasp the key information of virus transmission in time through the test results , It is impossible to track the ill patients, let alone control the development of the epidemic.
Asish Jaha, director of the Harvard Institute for Global Health, also bluntly said that compared with other developed countries, the US federal government and state governments failed to do the most critical task of virus testing in the first time, and missed containment. The “critical period” of virus transmission.
Asish Jaha : “The series of incidents related to testing can be seen as a’disastrous defeat ‘ in a certain sense , which directly led to the situation in the United States today.
There is no doubt that this can be said to be the most failed epidemic prevention in the United States. The fatal link . This series of incidents began when the World Health Organization provided us with virus detection equipment , but the United States refused to use it at the time . And this is not the most ridiculous decision that the US CDC, the most important public health agency in the United States, considers.
Because the subsequent series of failures were even more unacceptable: some test results were contaminated, and some kits were simply ineffective … just like that, week after week was wasted.
We wasted two months, and at that time Private laboratories are not allowed to open for testing. Until March, we had to accept the fact that the epidemic broke out on a large scale. At that time, the United States still failed to establish sufficient testing capabilities.”
The U.S. government is to blame for the worsening of the epidemic
The United States entered a “national emergency” on March 13 in response to the new crown pneumonia epidemic. For more than 200 days, the epidemic in the United States has not been controlled; entering the autumn and winter, the rebound has accelerated.
This report from the National Disaster Preparedness Center of the Earth Institute of Columbia University studies from the perspective of the strength and actual effects of the US federal government’s epidemic prevention and control measures.
The report pointed out that in the face of a global pandemic, when countries around the world wear masks in accordance with the recommendations of public health experts, officials in the US federal government do not care about it, reject science, and play down the crisis.
The report said that the epidemic is now out of control, and the US federal government cannot shirk its blame.
The U.S. government has been slow to respond to the outbreak and weak leadership
Today, the US epidemic situation is so severe, but some Americans still disagree.
Investigating the reason, the Columbia University report believes that the US federal government was slow in responding to the epidemic, lacking in guidance, coordination, and leadership in the early stages of the epidemic. Government agencies and officials failed to set an example in epidemic prevention… These factors directly led to The American people failed to understand the dangers of the virus and preventive measures.
The report also believes that the US federal government has also performed poorly in social mobilization, guidance and coordination of various states and departments.
Lawrence Gostin , a professor of public health at Johns Hopkins University, believes that in the face of the epidemic, the appearance of the U.S. federal government is “a headache.” Such weak leadership and execution are completely compatible with the strong image of the United States. Does not match.
Gostin: “What have we learned from the new crown pneumonia epidemic? We have learned to have a full range of investment, preparation and prevention, not careless and aimless. We need a unified and strong medical system; we need to ensure The supply chain is unimpeded; we need to reserve enough medical resources, enough medicines and treatment plans.”
The US government is openly hostile to professional advice to turn the epidemic into a “destructive tragedy”
The report also criticized the US federal government for adopting a non-cooperative or even hostile attitude towards the suggestions of experts and professional institutions in the medical and public health fields when formulating epidemic prevention policies.
In this regard, Lawrence Gostin, a professor of public health at Johns Hopkins University, admitted that the performance of the US federal government was ” irrational .”
Gostin: “There is almost no reason behind the federal government’s epidemic prevention policy. The government’s decision-making also contradicts the recommendations of the World Health Organization, and even violates the obligations of the United States under the WHO and the International Health Regulations. It makes me feel Regrettably, our leaders failed to set a good example, did not stop campaigning and organize rallies, exposing the people to danger. Worse still, these people would go out to meet friends and hold parties, which would bring the virus to life. To more people. We need a strong policy based on scientific guidance. We need a trustworthy leader to tell the Americans honestly: What do we know about the virus and what we don’t know. And this is simply impossible Achieved.”
This report by the National Disaster Preparedness Center of the Earth Institute of Columbia University believes that the US government has turned the epidemic into a devastating tragedy . And if the government can deal with it effectively from the beginning, the death of hundreds of thousands or even 200,000 lives represented by the cold epidemic data could have been avoided.
A report by the National Disaster Preparedness Center of the Earth Institute of Columbia University pointed out that the deaths of at least 130,000, or even as many as 210,000, patients with new coronary pneumonia could have been avoided.