Simmons: Trump’s handling COVID-19 well

Adrian Simmons

President Donald Trump is facing a new situation as of late and I think he is handling it well.

In 1918 President Woodrow Wilson had to face the end World War 1 and the Spanish flu epidemic that killed 50 million people worldwide. I don’t think he left any sort of plan in case another epidemic occurred.

President Trump has done nothing but believe in our country and try to speed up the re-opening process. Anytime he makes a decision to move forward he gets backlash and hate. He said in a Fox News interview that he gets treated worse than Abraham Lincoln.

Trump launched a project called “Operation Warp Speed” to speed up the vaccine making process so our world could open sooner. With everything being shut down, Trump is trying hard to open again. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, made a statement to CNN about a new treatment called remdesivir, saying that it “has a clear cut, significant, positive effect in diminishing the time to recovery (from COVID-19). “

If we can open our states sooner, shouldn’t we be supporting the man who is fighting for it to happen?

Trump has been dealt a hand that hasn’t been dealt in 100 years. He’s using his team and the best minds of the 21st century to figure out how to reopen our country.

The U.S. is not the only country affected, the world has had to shut down because of this outbreak. Trump has defended China before. He believed Xi Jinping loves his country and his people. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was the one attacking China. News outlets reported Pompeo claiming that China is hiding results and “that is what communists do.”

Now the Trump administration is pushing spy agencies to send spies to China and find evidence that the coronavirus was made in a government lab. This is just a theory that Trump wants to find evidence to support. According to the New York Times, most intelligence agencies believe that the disease was initially transmitted via animals to humans like H.I.V or Ebola.

Trump may be acting hastily. He keeps pushing states to reopen when that might not be the best move for the greater good, but if we reopen and maintain social distancing and mask wearing, could we be okay? All the projections say we will be in this for another 18 months at least while scientists test and find a vaccine.

Many experts have said that we should keep the country closed, but if we open the country and then shut it down again, the second time could be worse for the economy. Brian Catrucci, president and chief executive officer of the de Beaumont Foundation says, “I don’t think we know what is coming yet. Don’t go back into a burning building.”

I think it should be up to the vote of the people, the “average joes” who are in the world everyday, see what the people think. Normality is the goal, but what will normal be? How long will we have to wear masks or maintain social distancing? Students need school, restaurants need customers, the economy needs a boost, we need to be back in the world.