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OUR FIGHT AGAINST A GLOBAL PANDEMIC

OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE
THE CRC REVIEW

The United States of America possesses a great resolve like no other nation. Our history demonstrates our ability to overcome challenges, domestic and abroad. Our nation overcame the global financial crisis, two world wars, 9/11, and many natural disasters. The Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic is next on the list. To win this fight, steady leadership from our government and society uniting to take needed steps and adapt when necessary. 

The Covid-19 coronavirus is a pandemic the world has not seen in some time, if ever. Neither pandemics nor coronaviruses are new to the global community. This new strain differs from its peers due to being highly contagious and its global impact. While not as deadly as Ebola, SARS, or MERS, Covid-19 will leave a global footprint that dwarfs the rest. Moreover, the popularity of global travel helped aid this invisible threat spread. 

The global economies are more connected than ever before, and overall people are wealthier than any time in our global history. Millions of business travelers span the world to oversee production units and opportunities. Millions of people travel the world to see and experience new cultures and traditions. When an infection breaks out in a popular destination that does not show symptoms for quite sometime later, one can see how a pandemic can brew. Over 150 nations are fighting the effects of Covid-19.

The global community is living in unprecedented times for most people. Even during the world wars, some societies still function to some degree. With Covid-19, the world is on hold. Not sure the world ever saw a point when every major sports league either cancelled or suspended seasons. People around the globe are now either self or mandated quarantined to stem the spread of the virus. 

There is great controversy by people comparing Covid-19 to the flu and people taking offense to the comparison. Both attack the body in similar manner and have similar structures, but the immunity to Covid-19 is not there like it is with the flu. One has to consider that there are not vaccines or widespread therapies readily available on every store shelf. A significant number of people get and die from the flu, but the vast majority of people either have some sort of immune response from either the vaccine or past experience with the flu. People should take Covid-19 seriously, but not let panic or fear get the best of them. 

Without available vaccines or medicines, our best weapons against this highly contagious virus is reducing its ability to find new hosts. The historic actions of government restricting travel and immigration, encouraging social distancing, and bringing everyday life to a halt will hopefully help deny this virus the ability to jump from person to multiple person, reducing the exponential growth. The utilization of private and public partnerships is an effective appropriate manner to expand capabilities and meet the needs of society. Unfortunately, production and distribution take time, which may lead to uncomfortable short terms adjustments until solutions bear fruit. Patience in an environment of fear is a difficult but necessary ask.

The federal and state governments faced an unprecedented challenge and proved up to the task. Naturally, state and local governments serve at the forefront of situations like these, as they are closest to the people impacted. Federal government’s appropriate role is that of support and coordination of shared need, which it is doing. The reality is government by nature is reactive not really able to be proactive in these type of situation. Planned responses do not always align with situational realities, which requires the innovation and adaption on the fly that governments at all levels are demonstrating. 

Our nation is coming together to face this challenge head on and make the unfortunate but needed sacrifices. That is what Americans do in challenging times. While this is a new challenge, Americans have overcome challenges in the past. Many more tragic and devasting than this one. America will get through this and be better off in the future.



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The response to any crisis is not only based on facts on the ground, but in concert with political leanings and partisan bias. Government does the best it can at the time. Political actors frame the perception. 

Our highly political charged holds elected officials to utopic standards that rarely meet the realities decision makers must act under. Things do not happen overnight but need ramp up time and other lead times. 

The public has the right to expect government to effectively communicate action plans and needed adjustments. Right to expect government to foster calm and hope, rather than panic and hysteria. 

One can agree the early tone was not where it needed to be, but the actions were. Actions spoke louder than words. Still there were obstacles that could not be easily mitigated. 

This pandemic came at a time when our nation is heading towards a presidential election cycle. As expected, people seeking the highest office in the land will voice opinions, even without direct access to information. 

In a time when America is in crisis, political cheap shots and stunts do nothing to help Americans who deal with the challenges in their everyday lives. 

Many in the media are still driven by political resentment and it reflects in the coverage of this crisis. The media proved incompetent in handling other important matters, why should society trust them now. 

There will be time to argue about the political aspects of the response. That time is not now.