To the Editor:
We are lucky in the U.S. because we have an emergency management system to alert us to developing danger. An alert to a tornado gives people a chance to seek shelter. A hurricane prediction gives people a chance to secure their property and evacuate if needed.
There is no panic because we know what to do when there is an alert. Which brings me to the President's decision to downplay the data to not cause panic over COVID-19.
Apparently, he felt telling us there would be some wind or some rain was better than telling us a tornado or hurricane is coming. His confusing messages tells us he didn't trust the American people to make good decisions based on knowing what we were dealing with.
We could have saved lives in this pandemic if the President had supported the medical experts, and allowed them to sound the alert with one voice and tell us how to prepare. The President may have prevented panic on Wall Street, but he allowed death and destruction on Main Street.