Reflections on How a Democratic Country Fights the Coronavirus
(Minghui.org) The whole world has been dragged into a war zone to do battle against the coronavirus, largely due to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s cover-up of vital information about the infection and mishandling of the outbreak in Wuhan. To hold the CCP accountable, more and more people now refer to the virus as the “CCP virus.”
The way the U.S. fights the invisible enemy is in sharp contrast to what has been happening in communist China. I would like to share some facts for your reference.
The President Acts in Consultation with Others
Cases of coronavirus infection in New York State had increased to over 83,948, by April 2, nearly 40% of the total cases in the U.S. There are also “hot-spots” in New York, New Orleans, Detroit, and Seattle.
President Trump earlier said that he was considering a two-week quarantine of New York and possibly New Jersey as well as parts of Connecticut to subdue the spread of the virus. But he later said he decided that a quarantine “wasn't necessary” after consulting with the White House Coronavirus Task Force and governors of the three states.
After that, the CDC issued a strong “Travel Advisory,” urging residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from nonessential domestic travel for the next 14 days effective immediately. The advisory does not apply to critical industries such as trucking, health professionals, financial services, and food supply.
New York Governor Refuses to Follow the “Wuhan” Way
“If you said we were geographically restricted from leaving, that would be a lockdown,” Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York State told CNN in opposing the option of enforcing a lockdown in New York State.
“Then we would be Wuhan, China, and that wouldn’t make any sense,” he said.
“A lockdown is what they did in Wuhan, China. We’re not in China, and we’re not in Wuhan.
“If you start walling off areas all across the country, it would just be totally bizarre, counter-productive, anti-America, anti-social.”
Governors Opt to Protect People Even Though Their Views Differ
Cuomo was not at all happy with what happened on March 27 when Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo deployed National Guard troops to stop cars with New York license plates to remind them of the state's quarantine measures. The next day, soldiers also went door-to-door in coastal resort communities to check if any residents had recently visited New York City.
Cuomo said he would sue Rhode Island if the Rhode Island government continued to target New Yorkers and threaten them with fines should they fail to quarantine themselves.
After the two governors spoke on the phone Saturday night, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo repealed the quarantine mandate for New Yorkers and issued a quarantine order for “any person coming to Rhode Island by any mode of transportation after visiting another state for a non-work-related purpose.”
U.S. Congress Passed the Largest Fiscal Stimulus Package in Nation's History
As of April 2, 2020, confirmed cases of the CCP virus worldwide topped one million, with over 50,000 deaths.
In the U.S., many sectors of society have been mobilized to fight the coronavirus.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is busy searching for suitable venues to build as many as 341 temporary hospitals across the country, with Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City already being converted into a 1,000-bed hospital within a week.
A field hospital in New York’s Central Park to treat coronavirus patients from Mount Sinai Hospital opened on March 31. The new hospital provides 68 beds and was constructed through a partnership between Mount Sinai, aid organization The Samaritan’s Purse, and intergovernmental agencies.
USNS Comfort, one of the largest U.S. navy hospital ships, docked in New York City on Monday, March 30, to aid with the coronavirus outbreak. The ship holds around 1,000 beds, with high-standard medical equipment.
General Motors, the largest American automobile manufacturer, has also sped up its production of life-saving ventilators to help ease the urgent demand in hospitals.
President Trump and his team hold regular press conferences to update the nation on what is happening in the battle against the virus and to answer questions from reporters.
While warning the American people “to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead,” he also offers hope, “...you’re going to be seeing some real light at the end of the tunnel.”
The people-centered strategies employed in the U.S. to fight the CCP virus are a sharp contrast to the CCP’s use of force and violence.