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Coronavirus in America: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Brett Davis

Posted on March 26, 2020 18:38

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The ongoing pandemic has brought out the best, the worst and the truly maddening in this great nation.

COVID-19 — the virus formerly known as "corona" — is currently wreaking havoc in America (and around the world) in the form of school and business closures, government-mandated "lockdowns," social distancing, mass layoffs and more in an attempt to stave off overwhelming the nation’s health care system. 

How all of this ultimately plays out and what the long-term impact will be remains anybody's guess. In the meantime, a few observations about how Americans are responding to what for the vast majority of the population is an unprecedented disruption of normal life.

THE GOOD
Thankfully, social distancing — a term applied to certain actions taken to stop or slow down the spread of a contagious disease — shows signs of starting to work in certain parts of the country. Hopefully this is a harbinger of things to come.

Aside from the heroics of the medical professionals on the frontlines of the war against coronavirus, other folks — ordinary people — have stepped up admirably to do their part to help us all weather this storm: grocery store employees, restaurant and food service workers, truckers, farmers, etc. Heck, we've even got a civilian army of folks sewing masks for besieged hospitals.

Even the much-maligned (by the left) world of big business — including Big Pharma — has in many cases demonstrated they are not the uncaring corporate behemoths they have often been made out to be; quite the opposite in fact.

THE BAD
Then there are those individuals — certain Spring Breakers, for example — who have eschewed social distancing with the predictable results that could end up prolonging social isolation for everyone.

Hoarders, too, are a blight on the human condition in responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Who hasn't been exasperated or worse at the lack of toilet paper and other items because so many people decided to panic buy in bulk and accumulate a treasure trove of products they don’t really need?

The mainstream media's coronavirus coverage has been mostly abysmal. When the press isn't busy spreading fear and panic by providing a lack of context, the fourth estate's main goal appears to be presenting President Trump in the worst possible light. Journalists have already incorrectly blamed the president for the death of a man who stupidly ingested a fish tank cleaning agent, not to mention falsely claiming the president set a date-certain for a return to business as usual.

THE UGLY
Let’s not forget the demonizing of people who rightly note there will have to be an educated tipping point where the destruction of the economy and the lives destroyed by that will have to be weighed against a sensible and gradual return to normalcy.

Finally, the current coronavirus crisis has revealed as never before that certain craven politicians are power-hungry jackals who care more about ideology than the safety and well-being of the American people.

Brett Davis

Posted on March 26, 2020 18:38

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