As many news headlines have now confirmed, citizens of the United States are not welcome in Europe. The EU officially unveiled its list of countries it will soon allow tourism from, and the US ain’t on it. That, of course, is no surprise at all.
Much of the world has looked on in a combination of shock, horror, and sheer confusion as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the richest country in the world climbed to more than 2.5 million. Since the end of March, the number of new daily cases has not dropped below 13,000. Just yesterday it was 35,000; the day before that, 41,000.
How can the great US of A be so utterly incompetent when it comes to protecting its citizens from a deadly virus? As comedian Bill Maher said in May:
“I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but America has turned into a failed state that does a worse job of keeping its citizens alive during a pandemic than Cambodia.”
True that: Cambodia has recorded a grand total of 141 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began—that’s about 126,500 less than the number of Americans who have died from the virus.
Recently, governors in states like Texas and Florida, both of which are being ravaged by the virus right this moment, began to re-close some bars, restaurants and beaches. This decision came after these governors swore that everything would stay open, regardless of any second wave or resurgence of the virus.
President Trump was recently interviewed by his favorite media outlet Fox News. During the interview he found time to boast about job numbers and the fact that helicopters are, according to him, made in the USA. He also found time to once again downplay the severity of the pandemic.
“So we have more cases because we do the greatest testing. If we didn’t do testing we’d have no cases. Other countries they don’t test millions—so up to almost 30 million tests. So when you do 30 million you’re gonna have a kid with the sniffles and they’ll say it’s coronavirus whatever you wanna call it. I said the other night: there are so many names to this I could name 19 names, like, corona 19, but I could name 19 names, but the fact is that there’s never been a thing like this, we’ve done 30 million—almost, we’ll be there probably today or tomorrow—30 million tests, and when you do tests you have cases.”
Sounds like a malfunctioning chatbot Australia. Meanwhile, the country’s top infectious disease expert warned yesterday that things are likely going to get worse for the US—much, much worse.
“I would not be surprised if we go up to 100,000 [cases] a day if this does not turn around and so I am very concerned,” Dr. Anthony Fauci told lawmakers. He added:
“We need to do something about that and we need to do it very quickly.”
Even if they do “do something” very quickly, Americans are not likely to find themselves welcome guests in many other countries for a long while. Looks like the shoes is on the other foot as they say.