Listed: The US’s atrocious response to the virus

A short list of the mishaps the US government has faced in its handling of the virus.

Misinformation

Trump calling the virus a hoax https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/29/joe-biden-trump-coronavirus-hoax-claim

News station host calling it a hoax https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1240640020714848257

Trump downplaying the virus all the way until March 16 https://twitter.com/therecount/status/1240043597434687489?s=20

Government censorship

The Trump administration barred a top US disease expert from speaking freely to the public
https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-anthony-fauci-trump-admin-stops-discussion-2020-2

Official: White House didn’t want to tell seniors not to fly
https://apnews.com/921ad7f1f08d7634bf681ba785faf269

Trump tried to stall intelligence report by DNI, cut funding for pandemic preparedness, CDC
https://time.com/5799765/intelligence-report-pandemic-dangers/

CDC wanted to recommend all over 60 to remain inside their homes, but was instructed not to by government officials https://twitter.com/LACaldwellDC/status/1238870221672386563

Refusal to disclose which nursing homes have confirmed cases https://www.reddit.com/r/Coronavirus/comments/fp5tq9/more_than_140_nursing_homes_have_reported/

Seattle lab uncovered Washington’s coronavirus outbreak only after defying federal regulators
https://theweek.com/speedreads/901405/seattle-lab-uncovered-washingtons-coronavirus-outbreak-only-after-defying-federal-regulators

Pentagon orders Fort Bliss, other posts not to report virus cases as 1st service member dies & military infections reach 1,000 https://kvia.com/news/military/2020/03/30/pentagon-orders-fort-bliss-other-posts-not-to-report-virus-cases-as-1st-service-member-dies-military-infections-reach-1000/

Fired for raising coronavirus alarm, US Navy captain Brett Crozier tests positive https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/3078534/us-navy-captain-brett-crozier-fired-voicing

Censoring of doctors

ER doctor fired after criticizing coronavirus response at his hospital in Washington https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/health/er-doctor-who-criticized-bellingham-hospitals-coronavirus-protections-has-been-fired/

Hospitals Tell Doctors They’ll Be Fired If They Speak Out About Lack of Gear https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-31/hospitals-tell-doctors-they-ll-be-fired-if-they-talk-to-press

Fake numbers of cases

Lawmaker Condemns ‘Unacceptable’ CDC Decision to Stop Disclosing Number of Coronavirus Tests
https://www.thedailybeast.com/cdc-decision-to-stop-disclosing-coronavirus-test-total-condemned-by-lawmaker

Medical professionals around the US say the officials are under-reporting the number of CoronaVirus deaths they’re seeing on the front lines. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/nidhiprakash/coronavirus-update-dead-covid19-doctors-hospitals?bftwnews&utm_term=4ldqpgc#4ldqpgc

Harvard professor: US cases may be 10 times higher than reported due to lack of testing https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/coronavirus-us-cases-report-map-news-death-toll-a9421186.html?

Coronavirus death toll: Americans are almost certainly dying of covid-19 but being left out of the official count https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/coronavirus/coronavirus-death-toll-americans-are-almost-certainly-dying-of-covid-19-but-being-left-out-of-the-official-count/ar-BB12cKHL

US coronavirus death count likely an underestimate. Here’s why https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/06/health/us-coronavirus-death-count-cdc-explainer/index.html

Incompetence in testing

Manufacturing defects leading to days of delays https://www.wsj.com/articles/manufacturing-defect-in-some-early-cdc-test-kits-being-probed-11583119414

Testing 400 people in 40 days while the world has tests hundreds of thousands https://fortune.com/2020/03/03/coronavirus-us-test/

A Pennsylvania state laboratory is now able to handle about six tests per day 
https://www.wtae.com/article/pennsylvania-begins-coronavirus-testing-at-state-owned-lab/31212554

As of March 3rd, New York City has only tested 17 people for coronavirus
https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/coronavirus.page

CDC Tested Just 77 People For Coronavirus This Week (article dated 13 Mar) https://www.huffpost.com/entry/coronavirus-cdc-tested-77-people-this-week_n_5e6b06c1c5b6dda30fc6424d?ncid=engmodushpmg00000004

Sick People Across the U.S. Say They Are Being Denied the Coronavirus Test https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/12/us/coronavirus-testing-challenges.html

The entire state of Indiana has 100 tests https://www.southbendtribune.com/news/local/coronavirus-testing-picks-up-pace-in-south-bend-region-and/article_52bdcb0e-63e9-11ea-a23f-736dca0c8273.html

“Unless you are hospitalized and a diagnosis will impact your care, you will not be tested,” the New York State Department of Health said. https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/where-are-coronavirus-testings-sites-in-tri-state-and-how-do-they-work/2333890/

Multiple reports of suspected cases being rejected for testing https://www.reddit.com/r/Coronavirus/comments/fp4bvd/over_the_past_24_hours_the_us_reported_14024_new/flj3lbe?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x https://www.reddit.com/r/Coronavirus/comments/fp3w1o/all_94_residents_of_new_jersey_nursing_home/flj8zxi?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x https://www.reddit.com/r/Coronavirus/comments/fped8m/the_number_of_covid19_cases_in_the_united_states/flkg2w6?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x

TSA officer has coronavirus symptoms but is unable to get tested. https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/airline-news/2020/03/27/tsa-officer-has-coronavirus-symptoms-he-cant-get-tested/2920728001/

Sheer incompetence

Oklahoma governor urges residents to join him at crowded food hall https://www.readfrontier.org/stories/despite-coronavirus-spread-governor-visits-packed-food-hall-urges-oklahomans-to-join-him/

Florida governor refuses to shut down beaches amid spread of coronavirus https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/florida-governor-refuses-shut-down-beaches-amid-spread-coronavirus-n1162226

Using refrigeration trucks as a morgue https://www.nydailynews.com/coronavirus/ny-coronavirus-city-puts-up-makeshift-morgue-outside-bellevue-hospital-20200325-raora6bqxncp5gx3qfoagyxida-story.html#nt=tertiarynavbar&nt=ticker

Nurses die due to lack of protective gear https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/26/nyregion/nurse-dies-coronavirus-mount-sinai.html

Governor Rejects State Lockdown For COVID-19: ‘Mississippi’s Never Going to Be China’ https://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2020/mar/23/governor-rejects-state-lockdown-covid-19-mississip/

DC hospital nurse resigns over lack of PPE https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/nursing/dc-hospital-nurse-resigns-over-lack-of-ppe.html

A 17-year-old in Los Angeles County who died on March 18 was turned away from an urgent-care center due to lack of insurance https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-uninsured-teen-dies-refused-care-mayor-says-2020-3?r=US&IR=T

Texas governor overrides earlier restrictions, allows religious gatherings https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/gov-abbott-overrides-san-antonio-bexar-county-rules-on-religious-gatherings-amid-coronavirus-crisis/ar-BB11Zelj?ocid=sf

Coronavirus Cases Have Surged, But The US Is Refusing To Take The World’s Most Available Masks https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/kenbensinger/coronavirus-kn95-masks-us-wont-import-china

Trump touted hydroxychloroquine as a cure for Covid-19 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/28/coronavirus-cure-fact-check-hydroxychloroquine-trump

Georgia beaches reopen after Gov. Kemp’s Executive Order dissolves local ordinances https://fox28media.com/news/coronavirus/georgia-beaches-reopen-after-gov-kemps-executive-order-dissolve-local-ordinances

Diversion of medical supplies

Coronavirus: anger in Germany at report Trump seeking exclusive vaccine deal https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/16/not-for-sale-anger-in-germany-at-report-trump-seeking-exclusive-coronavirus-vaccine-deal

White House tried to force 3M to send masks from Singapore to US https://www.ft.com/content/cee34681-5f47-416b-9cbc-d824e9eec68e

US hijacking mask shipment destined for France in rush for coronavirus protection https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/02/global-battle-coronavirus-equipment-masks-tests

Coronavirus: face masks bound for Canada and Germany diverted to US, Germany’s interior minister deplores ‘act of modern piracy’ https://www.thenational.ae/world/the-americas/coronavirus-face-masks-bound-for-canada-and-germany-diverted-to-us-1.1001199

3M asked to stop exporting N95 respirators to Canada and Latam by US government – they have politely and publicly said No https://news.3m.com/press-release/company-english/3m-response-defense-production-act-order

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