How is it that so many people missed the boat on the COVID-19 crisis? Because it’s not rocket science. It’s not trivial, but it is definitely not rocket science.
The response of the Federal Government was insidiously purposeful and caught everyone off guard. We, the people, lost time. Precious time and it cost lives. And will cost more lives.
Because people assumed that the national government would function as the central command. Function as had in the past during emergencies.
How wrong we were.
The Silicon Valley, just over the hill from here, makes products, fast. They have been doing this since the late 70’s using critical thinking, something that is clearly missing at the top level of our government. And they actually do rocket science.
And now that ingenuity is being applied to the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) crisis. Gavin Newsom and his team have a plan. An actual plan. A plan that considers end cases and worst case scenarios. Simply said, a plan that will provide enough PPE (personal protective equipment), hospital beds, ventilators. A plan to house the homeless, and to help people who have lost their jobs.
This was the response that our nation needed - weeks ago. People knew. The people in the health care industry clearly knew what was needed, what was missing and when the Coronavirus tsunami was coming.
‘We’ here on the left coast, are hip to your game, oh great Federal wasteland. ‘We’ do not trust you. You have failed ‘us’ now in so many ways.
And now as I look back on this, I wonder if the slow response was planned, premeditated, intended to gin up chaos and fear. I simply do not understand how it could have just been bungled so badly.
I was under the impression that the messaging from the president was highly crafted. If so, then it is insidious. If not, we are in deep kimchi. Either way it is a shadow strutting and fretting it’s hour upon the stage.