Many people have always been weary and mistrustful of politicians and the government. But more than ever, the public deserves timely and factual information as we confront a major health care crisis. The coronavirus has the potential of wreaking catastrophic havoc across the country, the level of spread and resulting deaths the likes of which we have never seen in America.
Just imagine. It was only a few weeks ago that most of us were going about our daily activities, without having a clue about how drastically our lives would change, or how quickly it did.
How could the most advanced, and purportedly, the richest country in the world be caught so unprepared to head-off and prevent a virus that is knocking it to its knees? The public deserves timely and factual information, rather than inaccurate and incomplete stories and statements we are getting from those in charge on a daily basis.
Not only are thousands of Americans being infected daily and hundreds dying at an accelerating rate, but our way of life has basically ceased. Businesses have shuttered. Schools have closed. People have been ordered to stay at home. Worst of all, first responders, health care providers in hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities are ill-prepared and ill-equipped to take care of the thousands that are falling ill with the coronavirus every day.
On one day, the public is told that adequate testing is being done. The next day the public is told that there is a shortage of tests, but more are on the way. One day, the public is told that hospitals will have enough personal protection equipment for nurses and doctors. The next day, the public is told the country is running out of equipment as the disease continues to spread. The public deserves timely and factual information from elected officials and administrators.
There is enough blame to go around as to why the public health system was caught so unprepared to deal with a pandemic like the coronavirus. Playing the political partisan blame game only makes bad matters worse. But failing to be upfront with the public about information that is known is inexcusable. It seriously and negatively effects our ability to achieve the best outcomes—short term and long term.
Not taking tough measures to stop the infections and deaths, and making it clear to the public as to why such measures are necessary, is criminal. Being honest about our state of readiness or the lack thereof, and what needs to be done now and in the future will be the only thing that saves lives.
What will it take to get America back on a solid economic footing, once the virus is under control? The public deserves timely and factual information to enable us all to meet the challenges, in restoring our personal and economic health.