The silent phase of the COVID-19 pandemic: Biden administration does nothing as US cases begin to escalate

A Southwest Airlines plane, May 24, 2020 (Photo AP / Charlie Riedel, file)

In an attempt to characterize the official reaction to the third year of the pandemic in the United States, it may be helpful to consult a psychiatry textbook to find a proper diagnosis. Perhaps a criminal justice manual would be more appropriate.

Faced with a new tide of Omicron’s highly contagious BA.2 subvariant, the Biden government’s reaction is to see nothing, say nothing and do nothing. As he wrote recently Politician, “The White House publicly claims that the country has finally reached a promising new milestone in the fight against the pandemic: a milestone that a recent increase in COVID cases will not spoil.” It goes completely against all good public health advice and, as some experts have pointed out, is done openly on the basis of political calculations.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the president’s health adviser, and Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have openly endorsed the White House’s vision of allowing the population to cope. a new wave of infections, suggesting that people can make individual decisions about the risk they want to take. Fauci told ABC recently: “What will happen is that we will see that each individual will have to make their own calculation of how much risk they are willing to tolerate.”

These comments, however, cannot be considered good medical advice for a highly contagious and rapidly evolving airborne pathogen in a highly mobile and interconnected global society. Ultimately, the political motivation behind Fauci’s statement shows that it poses a threat to the working class, which has always borne the brunt of the pandemic.

Dr. Maureen Miller, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, told ABC News: “We are at a time when U.S. public health officials are essentially saying, ‘You have to find out how to coexist with COVID-19 themselves. “Unfortunately, the tools we relied on to determine risk levels are ignored at best and, at worst, abandoned.”

There is a revolving door between White House demands and the guidance provided by the CDC, which has gradually eliminated the ability of the public to truly monitor the spread of COVID.

Recent comments from Dr. Ashish Jha, a public health expert and the new White House COVID-19 response coordinator, are perhaps even more stupid. To commemorate his recent appointment by starting his news programming tour last week, he told NPR: “Given the situation in our country, we are in a very good time.”

For “a good time,” Jha is not referring to the recent calm of cases following the latest wave of infections that has killed nearly 180,000 people since mid-December, 41 percent of whom were vaccinated according to data collected by the CDC.

Nor the fact that one million people died as a result of criminal policies that enjoyed bipartisan support. They are not talking about the 200,000 children who have lost a parent or caregiver, or the millions who have been weakened by the long COVID who are facing a sad prospect for their future income and treatment.

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