The Covid-19 pandemic is already on the verge of taking more lives than the four years of World War II
Many public health experts are putting the blame for the extent of damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in the US on the Trump administration.
In addition to becoming the first US president to be impeached twice, Donald Trump is on the verge of becoming the only US leader in a century to with more than 400,000 deaths from a single event on his watch, reports USA Today.
The US death toll from Covid-19 currently stands at 396,000. There were 405,000 US fatalities in the four years of World War II and 618,000-750,000 in the American Civil War from 1861-1865.
“What’s so troubling about this loss of life [during the Covid-19 pandemic] is it was preventable,” said Dr Steven Woolf, director emeritus of the Center on Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University.
“This is an infectious disease we knew how to prevent, and as difficult as it is, far easier to solve than defeating Nazi Germany. And yet, we did not mount a response to wage war against this virus as we have in these other situations,” he added, as quoted by USA Today.
Trump has “blood on his hands,” according to Boston University Associate Professor Thomas Whalen
“He knew this was a threat and really did not do what was necessary to respond to it in a thoughtful and resourceful way,” he added.
Dr John Swartzberg, a professor emeritus of infectious diseases at the University of California-Berkeley, said: “By any metric, anybody who believes in data and science would acknowledge we have done terribly with this pandemic, arguably the worst in the world.”
He cited Trump’s refusal to promote the wearing of masks and failures in testing and protective equipment as examples of areas where the administration fell short.
“What that tells us is how badly things can go if you have a bad administration. Everybody, including me, is excited about the vaccines, excited about science and what it can do for us. It is incredibly important. But I think we downplay the importance of what a good administration can do in managing this pandemic,” Dr Swartzberg said.
“We will do a lot better when we have an administration that follows science and follows public health, that gives consistent messaging, that does not politicize key institutions like the CDC and the FDA,” he added.