To the Editor:
It’s amazing how people can read the same information but come to basically opposite conclusions.
Case in point is a letter admonishing the administration for a poor response to the virus.
Let’s now take all of the hate and vitriol out of the situation and look at the actual facts, comparing the Trump administration response with the Obama administration had to the swine flu in 2009. In April 2009 the swine flu was designated a “ public emergency” by the Obama administration. Not until Oct. 24, 2009, was it raised to the “pandemic“ category. By that time millions had been affected and just over 1,000 dead.
By Nov. 12, 2009, 22 million affected, over 4,000 dead. Obama’s response — appoint Ron Klein as drug czar, which turned put to be such an ineffectual move that he was roundly criticized even by the likes of Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii. Not only was it an ineffective response, but it led to the establishment of a very, very inadequate system, which the Trump administration basically had to dismantle and rebuild.
Fast-forward to 2020. On Jan. 17 the CDC instituted enhanced health screening at airports in response to the virus which was coming from China. On Jan. 31a travel ban was put in place by the Trump administration. As of Monday in the U.S. there are almost 39,800 confirmed cases with 458 dead. After reviewing the facts, now which administration was more effective and which administration basically failed in its virus response?