April 21, 2020
With the president in the process of convincing the forty-three percent of Americans who believe every word he says (did he really have the audacity to state during Monday’s press briefing that “I cannot tell a lie”), that it is time to put America back to work, urging governors to rescind their stay-at-home orders, one must remember what happened during the 1918-1920 pandemic.
After the initial wave of the so-called Spanish Flu, which was originally thought to be only a very serious case of the common flu, it was the second wave, attributed to massive troop movements during the later stages of World War I, which resulted in most of the estimated 50 million deaths worldwide, including 675,000 Americans.
Medical experts say the key to getting the nation up and running is extensive testing, yet so far we have tested only slightly more than one percent of the population. Clinical testing of the numerous COVID-19 test kits on the market show false-positives and false-negatives are at least fifteen percent. One expert stated that due to high worldwide demand for testing, we could run out of the chemicals needed to process the tests in three weeks. Then, there is the scenario of what happens when a person accurately tests negative one week, yet becomes infected the next?
With a president who seemingly is more concerned with his re-election campaign than the welfare of this nation’s citizens, are we doomed to prove truthful the old maxim that those who fail to learn from history are destined to repeat it?
Steven H. Spring