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Dear America: Time to Wake Up on Coronavirus Threat

Dear America: Time to Wake Up on Coronavirus Threat
Flanked by Debbie Birx, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator, and Vice President Mike Pence, Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services, speaks during a briefing on the administration's coronavirus response in the press briefing room of the White House on Tuesday. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By Tuesday, 03 March 2020 09:02 AM Current | Bio | Archive

There I was, just miles from mainland China. In contrast to the nervous calm in Hong Kong airport, the situation in the PRC was grave, as coronavirus COVID-19 was ravaging the land.

As a first line of defense, my temperature was taken in Indonesia and Hong Kong by officials wearing N95 masks. Their proactive tactic was to help contain the virulence so that it wouldn't become a global pandemic.

Not surprisingly, such diligence was non-existent upon landing in San Francisco. The U.S. government's response to a full planeload of people, arriving from close proximity to the hot zone, including many who may have traveled to China, was zero. No temperatures taken, no announcements, and no officials offering guidelines should a passenger develop symptoms.

When Lady Luck runs out, it won't help when people asininely ask, "How could this happen?" or worse, console themselves with the lie that "We tried our best."

No, we didn't. Ever since the Cold War ended, America has fallen into the lazy camp, content to dive into self-serving gluttony and the need for constant entertainment, with no regard for preparation in a dangerous world.

The 9/11 attacks briefly brought us back to reality. But soon thereafter, we reverted to politically correct and/or ineffective policies that opened the door for more threats. America's woeful response to coronavirus has showcased that ineptitude.

Consider that over 80 percent of America's antibiotics and generic drugs originate from China. From massive national security liability to unthinkable health repercussions, that fact is sobering.

The corona-testing kits sent by the CDC don't work, and its "experts" contaminated the lab manufacturing the kits. Few states can test, so by the time a "positive" diagnosis is made, countless more could be infected. Additionally, we have only 10 specialized pathogen units in the entire country. We spend trillions on meaningless programs, yet won't prioritize more contagion facilities.

We should be converting closed factories, schools and military bases into fully-stocked quarantine and triage centers. It would be an incredibly shrewd investment, and not just for a pandemic, but any adverse event: natural disaster; terror attack; nuclear power plant leak.  And there would be political benefit, since it would create many jobs across a spectrum of industries, while bolstering America's national security.

Unfortunately, the Trump administration dragged its feet for the first month of the corona crisis. It finally asked Congress for $2.5 billion, but that isn't enough.  Instead of seeing the devastating potential of corona, the President praised China's response, even though it has been universally condemned as deceitful and dangerous.

People may not care about a trade deal, but they do worry about their children's school becoming infected. If this ramps up, and the market continues to fall, this could become an extremely critical, watershed moment in Mr. Trump's presidency, placing it in the balance, especially given his recent tweet: "The coronavirus is very much under control in the USA." 

Additionally, many of our hospitals are staggeringly unprepared.  At two of Philadelphia's top hospitals, their proactive coronavirus training consists of "email updates." No hands-on training. No issuance of protective gear. No drills.

Yet healthcare workers will be the first to contract it, as proven at the California hospital where 124 healthcare workers are quarantined because one patient tested positive. What happens when nurses and doctors refuse to work, out of fear and anger, since they weren't trained for an outbreak? Have we forgotten that over 2,000 protected Chinese healthcare workers have become infected?

Administrators should have seen red flags when China quarantined 100 million people, and built hospitals in 10 days. But they didn't. Instead, many officials continue living in la-la land.

Government incompetence must also be addressed. The State Department overruled CDC officials when it flew corona-infected and healthy Americans back on the same plane! And according to a whistleblower, the HHS sent workers to Wuhan, epicenter of the hot zone, with no protective equipment and no training.

It must be asked why China refuses to allow CDC experts into China. Yet the United States sent masks and other protective equipment to China. This, in turn, has caused such a shortage that American citizens can't obtain those items to protect themselves.

The secretary of Health and Human Services stated that the United States needs 300 million masks for healthcare workers, yet possesses 30 million. Too bad we don't have India's foresight, as it banned export of personal protection equipment.

When unprepared for a crisis, people make bad decisions because they act on emotion rather than intellect. America needs to get back in the game, because when a true global crisis erupts, the world will look to us to save it, as it always has. It remains to be seen whether we will be the first generation that can't deliver that goal.

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.

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