The real danger of COVID-19 is political

A pandemic is a war by various means. The death toll is much higher. I can’t see the enemy. But, paradoxically, rallying the public against a pandemic is much more difficult than during the war.

This paradox between loss magnitude inequality and public support also makes the pandemic potentially dangerous to politics as well as to the physical health of the country.

COVID-19 is especially dangerous as the United States has achieved almost impossible. It politicized the pandemic. Republicans and Democrats cannot agree on how to contain COVID-19. Test: Can any leader defeat both pandemics and politics at the same time?

Joseph Stalin partially explained this phenomenon. “The death of one is a tragedy. One million is a statistic.” Hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of America after George Floyd died on the knees of a Minneapolis police officer earlier this year. People marched in voluntary protests. No American marched to protest hundreds of thousands of deaths at COVID-19.

The greater the degree of loss in a pandemic, the more difference should be made. Between 1918 and 20 years, three times as many Americans as the French battlefield died of the Spanish flu. In the 45 months of World War II, about 300,000 Americans were killed on average 1,750 a week. During the 10 years of the Vietnam War (1964-74), 58,000 Americans were killed or about 125 died a week. So far, more than 250,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, heading for 10,000 a week, more than five times the mortality rate of World War II and 80 times that of Vietnam.

Still, the loss makes no difference. Public anger and protests against dealing with pandemics do not exist compared to protests in Vietnam and Floyd. Is it because Americans have resigned from cynical, complacent, or uncontrollable COVID-19-induced malaise? Or is it the politicization of the cause that prevents you from getting a wise response?

It is tempting to assign accountability to a single individual or political party for failing to contain the virus. Responsibility is ubiquitous in politics and society as a whole. Many Americans simply ignore or ignore basic precautions such as wearing masks and increasing social distance when many volunteer for missions during the war. But for the past 10 months and the next 9 weeks, Republicans have been liable in the White House and the Senate, with certain responsibilities.

Vaccines do not solve this paradox. The country should not be misunderstood. Manufacturing, distribution and inoculation present far greater challenges than creating record vaccines. It may take up to 2022 for the vaccine to contain the pandemic. That reality will create major problems and perhaps crises as public optimism suffers. Leadership is important here.

If leaders do not tell the truth in a war like Vietnam, the trust and trust of the people will be lost. Citizens dismiss the danger when leaders deliberately downplay the pandemic and deceive the public not to cause a panic. When the leader avoids the basic precautions to contain the virus. It is advisable to take dangerous drugs and chemicals as remedies. Held “Superspreader” events at rallies and the White House. With 72 million votes in the last election, it’s clear that many Americans don’t take the pandemic seriously enough.

Before and certainly since the election, Republicans in general, especially Republican Senators, have been abandoned by not requiring the president to act responsibly to fight this pandemic. The president refused to accept the election results and did not allow the transition process to begin. His allies reaffirm the president’s right to count all votes. Why does it prevent the transition between the coronavirus committee in the presidential election and the task force to save the president’s life?

Leadership is as important in a pandemic as in war. President Joe Biden has been in the worst hands of any president since Franklin Roosevelt took office in 1933 in the midst of the Great Depression on January 20th. Failure is inevitable without strong and positive leadership in times of crisis. But can Biden overcome this devastating politics of an unmanageable division of so many citizens and hundreds of thousands of Americans dying in a pandemic?

In 1776, the United States speaks Queen’s English today if strong leadership did not overcome a similar attitude towards George III, as shown in COVID-19. Americans may not speak Japanese, as this same indifference was widespread after the attack on Pearl Harbor. But make sure that the common language of Europe and Britain today is German.

COVID-19 is a threat to American political and physical health. But who will notice? And who will lead?

Harlan K. Ullmann is a senior adviser to the Atlantic Council and author of the next book, “The Fifth Jockey and MAD: How Massive Attacks of Destruction Endanger, Infect, and Engage Us and the World.”

The real danger of COVID-19 is political

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