At the end of October, the United States set a record for its total number of COVID-19 cases with over 100,000 in a single day. That figure represents more than some countries have had over the entire pandemic.
Americans are now facing over 3,000 deaths per day because of the new coronavirus once again.
At the start of November, over 46.7 million people globally have the disease, with over 1.2 million people dying from it. Approximately 1 in 6 global deaths from COVID-19 occur in the United States.
Why Is the United States Struggling with COVID-19?
The unique governmental structures found in the United States are likely contributing to the continued outbreak and high numbers.
Each state government issues the rules for wearing masks, taking precautions, and limiting business activities. Democratic states tend to be more aggressive in these areas than Republican ones.
The federal government didn’t help matters during the outbreak.
Federal Officials intercepted State PPE Shipments
When hospitals needed ventilators in April 2020, the federal government said the equipment stockpile was not meant for state requests. Jared Kushner said at the time that they were for the national government.
This comment trend caused state governors and hospital officials to reach out to China and other countries to secure supplies. Many of these items were overpriced. At the height of the COVID-19 worries, the federal government started intercepting shipments.
Dr. Andrew Artenstein, who is the Chief Physician Executive for a non-profit healthcare network in Massachusetts, said he had to ship PPE in food-service trucks to avoid confiscation.
While countries like New Zealand have almost eradicated COVID-19, the U.S. is on its third surge. It is clear that the Trump Administration is tired of dealing with this story, but a virus never goes away.
Over 300,000 empty chairs are around dining room tables in the United States in 2020. That’s why it is a scary time to be an American right now.