The United States: Divided in opinion

US President Donald Trump (L) listens as Director of the NIAID Anthony Fauci speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus at the White House. © Getty Images

NIAID director Dr Anthony Fauci has clearly suggested social distancing should be applied to save lives against Coronavirus and was in the eye of storm of US President Donald Trump.

Charlotte: When the east is fighting a fierce battle against COVID-19 and keeping all confined to their homes, the West has opened the country for their citizens without even an iota of accountability. While the United States boasts of extensive testing, they still lead the corona chart with the highest number of infected ones (almost a million) in the world. The death toll is about to touch 50,000 mark.

The world leader in the economy and healthcare are now struggling to get fundamental responsibilities in place. While the death toll reaches forty-seven thousand, president of the country Donald Trump advocated for reopening every state from the word go.

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In fact, people in the first world don’t want lockdown for a longer period. No sooner country’s National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested social distancing, public erupted in protest all over against the very idea of lockdown. They are demanding to go back to work to get over the financial crisis. This put President Trump in a big dilemma. With election knocking on the door and economy on the downswing, the United States seems rattled than ever. Their decisions also speak of their hara-kiri.

People carry placards and shout slogans in a protest to open COVID-19 lockdown in the United States. © The New York Times

Senior doctor Fauci, who served the country since 1984 and has advised six past presidents of the US on many domestic and global health issues, clearly suggested social distancing and was in the eye of the storm of both the President and his protestors. #firefauci has started doing the rounds and he may have to pay a heavy price for his honest expert opinion.

For the record, the NIAID directorship — a position Fauci has clung on to for more than three decades. Being one of the most respected figures in the world of virology, Fauci has served under the likes of Ronald Reagan, George W Bush (twice), Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and now Trump.

Fauci predicted the serious impacts of COVID-19 long before others could even smell a rat. That was the time when the situation had just started to deteriorate. Till today after the death of more than 47k citizens, data shows US’ per capita pretty much lags behind other countries. It’s only 12.1 per cent. But the dispensation didn’t take this on a serious note, perhaps. There are volley of questions that may come to the President sooner than expected.

The Coronavirus death toll is close to 47,000 in United States. © Democracy Now

Would this be considered as a terrible failure of Mr. President? When people of the United States will look back at 2020 in the future, what questions will they have for their 45th president? And going by Trump’s own guidelines to reopen the states to boost the economy, would people see a political agenda behind the actions being taken by the government?

US State Governors are having a tough time getting on the same page with the president as he often contradicts himself. Like India, here also nothing matters, but vote.

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