As the coronavirus spread across the globe, the United States had two months to prepare — and our federal government squandered it.
We were already at a disadvantage after the CDC rapid response taskforce was disbanded as a result of the 2017 Trump Tax Cut — and then Trump dug us further into a hole when he decided to follow his “hunches” about the seriousness of the situation instead of listening to the experts.
Then, as the situation worsened, Trump and his administration kept peddling conspiracy theories instead of taking action — and now we’re on the verge of a major outbreak that will undoubtedly affect many of our communities and ultimately harm the most vulnerable among us.
We can’t go back and change Trump’s mishandling of this epidemic, but here are some things we can all do to keep ourselves and each other safe:
- WASH YOUR HANDS and avoid touching your face. The virus is spread through respiratory droplets, and this is the best way to combat it.
- Limit large gatherings and non-mandatory activities to avoid coming into contact with infected persons.
- Check in on your friends and family — especially those who are older, because they are at the highest risk. And offer to help out by running to the store for them.
- Refill your prescriptions and stock up on any over-the-counter medication you may need in case of quarantine.
- Learn more about the coronavirus and how to limit the spread of it on the Surgeon General’s website.
One last thing we can do is get involved in this election with BLM’s #WhatMATTERS2020 and vote. Our leaders matter a great deal when times are good, and even more when we face crises like the one we’re grappling with right now.
Take care of yourselves, your family, and your friends.