The COVID-19 Pandemic: Embracing The Need To Better Prepare For Deadly And Infectious Diseases
The COVID-19 Pandemic has shown the US, as well as most other governments and nations, is not prepared to cope with major widespread outbreaks of highly lethal, highly infectious diseases. Having failed to detect and contain the novel Corona virus before it was dispersed around the globe, the International Community did not prevent the Peoples of the world from being exposed to a highly infectious, highly lethal, and extremely robust respiratory virus. Faced with no immediate treatment options, outside of life-sustaining interventions, and insufficient resources to provide care for a huge swath of the population, the American People and their leaders reacted by both initially ignoring the impending crisis and/or panicking, which resulted in shortages of household items like toilet paper and bread as well as basic healthcare supplies like disposable gloves and face masks. The Federal government attempted to downplay the threat and left State governments to shutter their schools and businesses as part of a haphazard effort to mass quarantine an unknown number of infected with symptoms and without symptoms in what might be, ultimately, a vein effort to slow the spread of the Cororna virus.
The following was written by guest blogger Jake Sandler and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Washington Outsider or its staff. Versions of this contents originally appeared on ChangeRoots under the title “Life in the Stimulation” and "Congress Picks Up the Bill."
After pursuing a career in business, Jake Sandler founded ChangeRoots to incentivize post-partisan integrity in politics. The unfortunate reality is that - right now - politicians are incentivized to act in the interests of whoever donates the most to their campaigns. We can change that using the power of behavioral science, which teaches us feedback is most effective when it is specific, immediate and consequential. Throw those into a pot, layer in some social media and viola, you got some ChangeRoots. Visit ChangeRoots at ChangeRoots.com.
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