America’s confused, lackluster response to the virus met with incredulity in Europe


Rome (AP) – The United States’ failure to stop the spread of coronovirus has come as a surprise and alarm in Europe, as the world’s most powerful country is close to a global record of 5 million confirmed infections at the edges.

Probably somewhere outside of the US, there is a blistering virus response from the US that was seen with more hiccups than in Italy, which was the ground zero of Europe’s epidemic. When the outbreak exploded in February, the Italians were unaffected and the country still has the world’s largest official death toll at 35,000.

But following a strict nationwide 10-week lockdown, vigilant tracing of new groups, and general acceptance of mask mandates and social disturbances, Italy has become a model of virus prevention.

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“Don’t they care about their health?” Patrizia Antonini, a masked, asked about the people in the United States, as she walked with friends along the shores of Lake Bracciano, north of Rome. “They need to take our precautions … they need a real lockdown.”

On March 25, 2020, medical examiner personnel and construction workers are seen at the site of a temporary morgue being built in New York. (AP Photo / Mary Altafar / File)

Much of the unreliability in Europe stems from the fact that the US had the time advantage, European experience and medical know-how to treat the virus that the continent did not have when the first COVID-19 patients began filling intensive care units did. Yet, in a sustained outbreak for more than four months, the US is about to hit an astonishing milestone of 5 million confirmed infections, easily the highest in the world. Health officials believe the actual number is close to 50 million, given the test number, and the fact that as many as 40 percent of all cases are asymptomatic.

“We Italian always saw America as a model,” said Massimo Franco, columnist with the daily Corriere della Sera. “But with this virus, we have discovered a country that is very poor, with poor infrastructure and a public health system that is nonexistent.”

Italy’s Health Minister Roberto Sparenza has not shied away from criticizing the US, officially denouncing Washington’s decision to withdraw funds from the World Health Organization as “wrong”, and personal over President Donald Trump’s response to the virus To surprise with form.

Trump finally donated a protective mask last month, with Schapernza telling LA7 Television: “I’m no longer surprised by Trump’s behavior; I am deeply surprised by his behavior at first. ”

People are waiting for coronovirus testing on July 14, 2020 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Mark J. Terrill)

With a record 160,000 dead from the US, politicization of masks and increasing casiolad, European countries have banned American tourists and visitors from other countries with increasing cases of traveling to the block independently.

France and Germany are now testing passengers on arrival from “at-risk countries”, including the US.

German health minister Jens Spahn announced the tests last week, saying, “I know very well that this is a hindrance to personal liberty, but I believe it is a reasonable intervention.”

Mistakes also occurred in Europe, ranging from delayed lockdowns to inadequate protection for nursing home elderly and significant lack of tests and protective equipment for medical personnel.

The virus is still prevalent in some Balkan countries and thousands of masked protesters demanded the end of the virus restrictions in Berlin earlier this month. Hard-hit Spain, France and Germany have seen a rebellion of infections with new cases up to 1,000 cases a day, and Italy cases have increased by more than 500 on Friday. An estimated 3,700 new infections are still seen daily in the UK, and some scientists say the country’s beloved pubs may have to close again if schools reopen in September without causing a new wave Lie.

In the US, there are about 54,000 new cases a day – a large number, taking into account an even larger population. And while it is down from a peak of more than 70,000 last month, cases are rising in nearly 20 states, and deaths are climbing the most.

Conversely, the virus is somewhat under control in Europe, at least for now.

“If medical professionals were allowed to operate in the states, you would certainly get to go to a point of getting on hold with this back in March,” Scott Lucas, international studies at the University of Birmingham, England The professor said. “But, of course, medical and public health professionals were not allowed to proceed uncontrollably,” he said, noting Trump’s repeated undercutting of his experts.

When the virus first appeared in the United States, Trump and his supporters dismissed it as either a “hoax” or a virus that quickly arrives in hot weather after disappearing. At one point, Trump suggested that ultraviolet light or injection would erase the disinfectant virus. (He later stated that he was being vocal).

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and US President Donald Trump at the White House, April 17, 2020. (AP / Alex Brandon)

Dr. Trump’s frequent complaints about Anthony Fauci make regular headlines in Europe, where the American infectious disease specialist is a respected Eminence Griz. Italy’s leading COVID-19 hospital offered Fauci a job when Trump fired him.

Trump has defended the US response, accusing China of where the virus was first detected, to US problems, and saying that the US numbers are so high because there is too much testing. Trump supporters and Americans have refused to wear masks against all medical advice.

Julia Farrow, a mother of three in Alpine, Texas, said, “There is no reason to fear any disease that says she is wearing a mask.” Feroze, 35, teaches a fitness class with open doors in a large gym, where she does not allow participants to wear masks.

“When you’re breathing that hard, I’ll pass,” he said. “I don’t want people to fall like flies.”

During the Coronavirus epidemic, people fill once during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, August 7, 2020, in Sturgis, South Dakota. (AP Photo / Stephen Groves)

And health officials watched with alarm as thousands of bikers gathered in Sturgis, a small South Dakota town, for a 10-day motorcycle rally on Friday. The state has no mask mandate and many bikers have disregarded measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

Director of the Columbia Diamond Irving Medical Center, Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, Drs. David Ho, who is leading the team seeking treatment for COVID-19, stopped such behavior, as well as tackling the country’s virus.

“There is no national strategy, no national leadership, and no urge for the public to act in unison and put measures together,” he said. “That’s it and as a nation we have completely abandoned it.”

When he arrives on Zoom with his counterparts around the world, “Not everyone can believe what they’re seeing in America and they can’t believe the words that come out of leadership,” he said.

Even the chairman of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has taken the unusual step of criticizing the US when it urged Washington to reconsider its decision to break ties with the WHO. He also said that veil criticism was issued of America’s efforts to buy stock of any vaccine that might prove effective, with the European Union working to give everyone access to “where they live.”

Many Europeans proudly point to their national health care systems that not only test COVID-19, unlike the American system, but also treat freebies, where the virus crisis has increased income and racial disparities in accessing health care. Have given.

Italian writer Massimo Gagni wrote about American problems in his new book, “Crack America” ​​(Broken America), which has long told of COVID, “Coronoires have brutally snatched cruelty.”

Gagni said he began writing the book last year and then thought the title would be taken as a provocative wake-up call. Then the virus hit.

“As of March, the title was not any provocation,” he said. “it was obvious.”

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