That even a single doctor, a nurse, a firefighter or an EMT would die on the front line of the war against the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) because of inadequate equipment, demands the highest condemnation of the delayed and flawed preparation in the United States (US) to fight the pesky pandemic.
I will not attempt to add the number of doctors, nurses and other medical personnel who have been killed or infected so far by COVID-19 in the US, but I'll cite a New York Times story updated on March 31, in which a doctor at a major hospital, in New York City, described working conditions as "a petri dish" where more than 200 workers at that hospital had fallen sick because of COVID-19. The matching data per this point are well documented on media, yet I write today to ensure that history chronicles this miscarriage of preparation by the Federal government in Washington, DC.
Doctors, nurses, EMTs, firefighters, other medical personnel and first responders are professions tasked with saving lives. But to expect them to carry out their duties without adequate protection equipment is a gross failing of national governance, which must be held responsible for failing to plan for the tidal wave of COVID-19 in the US despite warnings from as early as January 2020.
Therefore, while the various States continue their best efforts to work with what they have in the battle against COVID-19, the Trump administration must now ensure that each and every hospital, doctor, EMT and other first responders get the basic equipment necessary for them to work on saving as many American lives as possible, including their own. The equipment promised a month-a-go should be delivered forthwith.