Coronavirus: The Drastic Need for Federal Leadership

The importance of staying home (if you’re able to) cannot be stressed enough. Over the weekend the Washington Post created an incredible series of graphics that show just how important social distancing is in slowing the spread of the virus. Over the weekend the CDC also urged Americans not to gather in groups of more than 50 people, effectively encouraging the shutdown of much of our social functions.

However, there still hasn’t been an announcement by the Trump administration to make isolation mandatory. A mandate from the White House would be important as desperate mayors trying to manage the crisis are being defied when they’ve ordered restaurants and music venues to close. This has left our nation with a patchwork of guidance and mandates and those spreading false information about COVID-19 are not being held accountable. In fact, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said that governors are “on their own” after Trump’s lack of leadership.

Why This Matters: Our nation needs clarity and we need a plan. At the very least we need our President and more elected officials to vehemently discourage hoarding of resources and to push social media companies like Facebook and Twitter to quickly stop the spread of misinformation on their platforms.

While President Trump did declare the coronavirus a national emergency over the weekend, most Americans are still in the dark about when they might be able to be tested and how their communities should prepare (i.e. what’s required vs. what’s being strongly suggested).

To Feel Better: We recommend this short, but lovely, episode of The Daily to help bring a little bit of comfort to this extraordinary situation.

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