Let me very explicit: there is no rational reason why medical and front line workers battling the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the richest country of the world - the United States (US), should ever be under equipped in carrying out their jobs to protecting the health of the Republic.
Hospital workers should not be forced to make their own masks in order to protect the public health. Medical personnel should not be instructed to re-use masks in carrying out their duties of saving lives. Jurisdictions across the US should not have to struggle to find working testing kits for COVID-19. The surge capacity for hospital beds to treat the mathematical surety of ballooning COVID-19 patients should not be an unanswered logistic.
Why? Because the wealthiest nation should never have been ill-prepared for the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic amid persistent warnings from the World Health Organization (WHO) to prepare. But the US failed to adequately prepare for consequences of the present national and health emergency. Too much attention has been paid to market numbers on Wall Street, too much time has been spent trying to deflect responsibility to China and too much time spent lauding the work of the Executive. If the Executive had fully executed the job, duty and responsibility of leader of the Republic and therefore, of the public health, then health systems across the US would not be struggling with present shortages and uncertainties.
On December 31, 2019, China first reported the Novel Coronavirus to the WHO. On January 30, 2020, the WHO declared the Novel Coronavirus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. On February 11, 2020, the Novel Coronavirus was given the official name: COVID-19. On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the COVID-19 a pandemic. During all that the time, the WHO continued to warn the entire world to prepare for imminent arrival of the pathogen.
Therefore, it is rationally safe to accept that whatever China did prior to December 31, 2019, is non-substantive to today's dilemma in the US. From January 1, 2020 to today, the US and other nations have had a wide open window of opportunity to prep for COVID-19.
Simply put, any unpreparedness of the US for COVID-19 rests with the Executive in Washington, D.C. Playing catch-up is indicative of too slow and too late a response to COVID-19. The full weight and credit of the Federal Government should now be placed behind the needs of the respective States in the battle against the Novel Coronavirus. COVID-19 cases now number 10,919 in the US with 163 deaths.