Article Summary and Commentary: America Should Prepare for a Double Pandemic

The Atlantic recently wrote a very interesting article about how America needs to prepare for a “double pandemic”. As new diseases continue to pop up and spread at a rapid pace, the chances of the world facing two pandemics at once are getting higher and higher. This article points out that “Having failed to lead the best-prepared nation in the world against one pandemic, Donald Trump has made it more vulnerable to another,” with his dangerous and irresponsible actions, such as pulling the United States out of the World Health Organization, and politicizing COVID-19 and masks.

Respiratory disease spread quicker than those that spread through bodily fluids, so theoretically, if people around the world continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines, wear masks, and are cautious about reopening businesses and “going back to normal,” then the start of a new pandemic could be avoided/ caught early enough to stop it. But if America continues to be irresponsible, and if Trump continues to be selfish and ignorant when it comes to COVID-19, then a second pandemic could be upon us soon.

This gives us even more motivation to fight hard to vote Trump out this November. If we can get a competent, intelligent President in the Oval Office, hopefully we can stop the spread of COVID-19, rejoin WHO, and take measures to build our nation’s preparedness for pandemics in the future.

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