Coronavirus: US touches a depressing 200,000 deaths

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Just four months after the US touched the grim milestone of 100,000 deaths, here comes the next – on Wednesday the States recorded and surpassed 200,000 deaths from the novel coronavirus.

In May when the US surpassed 100,000 death tolls, The New York Times wrote reporting the loss: “A number is an imperfect measure when applied to the human condition,” and here we’re just double the ‘imperfect measure.’

The US has the most number of COVID-19 cases in the world at 6.9 million, with the worst death toll as well. As of Tuesday night, the fatality record from the virus was 200,768. Wednesday’s data shows it has increased to 200,818 deaths.

But even at such grotesquely high numbers of infections, the pandemic in the States seems nowhere near the end, experts fear.

Addressing the media president Donald Trump said the grim number of fatalities was a ‘shame,’ he said responding to a reporter who asked for his comment on the disastrous casualty milestone.

As the Autumn kicks in, and the weather draws to a cooler state, people will be pushed indoors. This could turn out to be cozy incubators of the virus.

Experts worry the United States may be up for another blow in the coming months. With the present scenario recording 35k cases a day, the future of the pandemic in the nation is inadvertently sorry.

Even at this juncture, President Trump seems reluctant to acknowledge his failures. “China let this happen, and just remember that,” Trump said as quoted by The Guardian.

“We’re on track to have a quarter-million dead Americans by the end of the year with absolutely no reason it had to happen. It was all preventable. So yes, this is a leadership failure of astounding proportions,” senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development, Jeremy Konyndyk told The Guardian.

Konyndyk earlier this year said the Trump Administration’s basic governance is one of the ‘greatest failures’ in the modern times.

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The onset of winters threatens not just the US, but governments around the world to brace for outbreaks, as people will be pushed indoors and the virus can spread easily.

Also, the flu season is looming on the horizon and healthcare experts have called for more widespread, cheaper, and quicker testing to distinguish the virus which invokes similar symptoms.

The pandemic has already disrupted the healthcare system and has put enormous pressure on the emergency depts. and a severe flu season owing to more virulent strain, inadequate vaccinations, and a cause of both could wreak havoc to the systems.

In a recent parliamentary announcement, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the UK’s trajectory ahead for the next six months as he ordered new restrictions to curb the virus spread.

But President Trump said, he will not impose a ‘lockdown’ like the UK because: “We understand the disease, we understand how to handle it,” CNBC quoted Trump as saying.

Ever since the pandemic broke out, Trump has been critical to China and WHO, while at the same time drawing criticism for his own administration’s efforts to battle the pandemic in the US, which has been fraught with negligence.

From a shortage of PPE kits in March to a lack of efforts to ramp up the testing, Trump has received criticism for his government’s handling of the pandemic.

The Guardian noted how President Trump’s political priorities came in between his obligations as a Head of State to manage the outbreak.

The President has been reportedly against testing for the virus in large numbers because he believes more testing will bring out more confirmed cases, which is bad for his political reputation.

In America, the pandemic has disproportionately affected the nation’s minority populations. Surveys have shown how black Americans are twice or thrice more likely to catch the virus than others.

A lot of other factors have also played a practical role in exposing the country’s minority groups to viral infections.

For instance, a disproportionate number of Black Americans work in the frontline of handling infected patients and often live in cramped conditions among other factors, all of which fan the spread of the virus.

Experts and critics now fear Trump’s influences could disorient the nation’s approach to vaccines.

Although the push to develop a vaccine has been Trump’s biggest priorities of late (thanks to the upcoming elections) experts worry the misstep by the government in rolling out a vaccine could have ricocheting consequences.

Trump has already demonstrated that it is only fair to question his decisions – FDA commissioner, under the influence of Trump, already breached scientific protocols like giving nod to hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 without solid evidence.

While a vaccine is being baked in labs, which means it is still the future, presently the scenario quite reflects people’s perception of the same.

A recent Gallup poll found, 35% of Americans are paranoid to get jabbed by a COVID-19 vaccine, even if they are approved by the FDA – the apex authority for US food and drug regulation.

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