America did not take covid-19 seriously enough but they were not the only ones. The Brazil president described it as a little flu. There was no organised plan for dealing with the pandemic. It was as though the disease will just fade away with time and everything will return to normal in a few weeks. In April (2020) President Trump said “I want everyone back to work by Easter.”
It wasn’t just the president who underrated coronavirus. The American people did as so many of the completely ignored social distancing and mask wearing rules.
America’s response to covid-19 can be put down to arrogance. It is an unwillingness to learn from the experience of other countries such as Italy, Spain, and France. President Trump did say, “Europe is the epicentre of coronavirus,” but none of the state’s governors responded with any urgency. It is as though no one can teach them anything. Don’t you know we (America) is the greatest country in the world. How dare anyone tell us what we should do. This is not entirely President Trump’s fault; it is part of American DNA. The US certainly did not just become that way since Trump took office. It seems to be a part of their DNA.
Pride sees what is happening to other countries and says, “That will not happen to us.” Once again, it is the inability of American politicians from learning from the experiences of other countries. Compare this to countries such as New Zealand and Australia that have seen how other countries have dealt with covid-19 and learned from their experiences.
Selfishness is the main reason why America’s death toll from covid-19 is the highest in the world. When New York was the epicentre of the American outbreak one of their neighbouring states talked about closing the border but the response was, “We will take legal action.” It seems a lot of Americans are unwilling to make any sacrifice in order to save lives. In the Black LIves Matter protests, people went against health advice to participate in the protests and ignored social distancing rules.
Apathy explains a person’s attitude to anything. Apathy means, “You do not care about anything.” The lack of social distance in America during the Black Lives Matter protests and the fourth of July celebrations shows how little so many cared about the risk of catching or passing on covid-19. So many have paid the ultimate price for America’s apathy in responding to the covid-19 crisis that the finger should not be pointed at any one person in particular, especially the President.
Indifference is basically the same as apathy. The difference says, “If you are indifferent to something you have no interest in it.” People who are indifferent about covid-19 think that it is other people who are making all the sacrifices. Just as long as their own lives are not being inconvenienced by the steps their government is taking to combat the spread of covid-19 they are happy.
Change does not come easily in America; those who have fought to bring about positive changes in society have experienced this. Often, changes in American society have been brought in as a result of changes in other countries. New Zealand was the first country in the world to give women the vote, then other countries followed suit. It was the same with slavery. Other countries outlawed this practice long before America did.
Change does not come easily to America; take racial inequality for example, even in 2020 it is still a big issue which has not been addressed. It is the same with Justice reform and gun reform. There is still a reluctance to change things for the better.
Source by Robert Alan Stewart