The United States’ failure to spread coronovirus is met with astonishment and alarm in Europe, as the world’s most powerful country has more than 5 million confirmed until Sunday.
Perhaps somewhere outside the US, the US has a banging virus response that has been seen to be more irritant than in Italy. 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 after a strict nationwide 10-week lockdown, vigilant tracing of new groups and general acceptance of masked mandates and social disturbances, Italy has become a model of virus prevention.
“Don’t they care about their health?” Patrizia Antonini, wearing a mask, asked about 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.”
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, more than four months into a sustained outbreak, the US has already confirmed 5 million, easily the highest in the world, to hit an astonishing milestone. 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 found a country that is very poor, with poor infrastructure and a public health system that is non-existent.”
Italy’s Health Minister Roberto Sparenza did not shy away from criticizing the US, officially condemning it as Washington’s decision to withdraw funds from the World Health Organization and personally surprise US President Donald Trump’s virus response.
After Trump finally donated a protective mask last month, Schapernza told LA7 Television: “I am no longer surprised by Trump’s behavior. I am deeply surprised by his behavior at first. ”
Leading the US list with 180,000 dead, increased resistance to masks and politicization of caseloid, 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.”
In the US, there are about 54,000 new cases a day – an even greater number taking into account the larger population. And while it is below the peak of more than 70,000 last month, cases are rising in nearly 20 states, and deaths are increasing. 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.
Dr. Trump’s frequent complaints about Anthony Fauci regularly made headlines in Europe, where the American infectious disease specialist is a respected eminent greyess. Italy’s leading COVID-19 hospital offered Fauci a job when Trump fired him.