10 Ways The United States Has Failed in Response to The Pandemic

What we can learn from the mistakes made during this pandemic.

Senators Prioritizing Stocks Over Human Lives

The Hoarding of Essential Necessities

“It just felt so strange for shelves to be empty and people fighting over food. People were grabbing food out of people’s hands at the frozen section.”

— Ruth Hrubala, from an article on the Washington Post

Price Gouging From Coronavirus Opportunists

“Disrupting necessary supplies during an unprecedented pandemic is a serious offense. It became clear during our investigation that the Colvins realized this, and their prompt cooperation and donation led to an outcome that actually benefited some consumers.”

— Herbert H. Slatery III, Tennessee’s Attorney General

Spring Breakers Failing to Understand the Severity of the Pandemic

“If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I’m not gonna let it stop me from partying.”

— Brady Sluder, a spring breaker in Miami

“The coronavirus was definitely on everybody’s mind but at the time, we thought, ‘Let’s not lose all this money.’”

David Anzarouth, another spring breaker

Doctors Hoarding Potential Treatments for COVID-19

“There is no evidence yet to suggest that hydroxychloroquine or anti-malarials are protective or prevent against Covid-19 infections, so people who are not already taking this medication do not need to start on it now.”

— Dr. Saira Sheikh, director of the University of North Carolina (UNC) Rheumatology Lupus Clinic

Companies Neglecting Their Essential Workers

“I’m really afraid because I am 62 years old, I have problem with asthma and if I get the virus I don’t think my body will receive it because I am old, I really don’t want to die. I’m not ready to die.”

— Maria Chavez, “essential worker”

People Refusing to Wear a Face Mask Because It Is Their “Right”

“I don’t wear a mask for the same reason I don’t wear underwear, things gotta breathe.”

unidentified Florida woman during a meeting at the Palm Beach County Commissioners

International Students Facing Unfair Deportation

School Districts Suspending Students for Showcasing How Poorly Prepared They Are

“There was no social distancing, a 10% mask use rate, it was chaos!”

— Hannah Watters, student at North Paulding High School

Congress and Their Slow Response to a Second Stimulus Bill

Change is never easy, but always possible

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