When there is a national crisis it is imperative that our federal government respond swiftly and intelligently. When it comes to the coronavirus pandemic the Trump administration did not respond in a timely manner nor has it made intelligent decisions when it comes to making sure medical supplies are available or that American lives are protected.
Medical facilities across the nation find themselves in a severe shortage of resources just as they are needed most. Cities like New York, Washington, and California among many others are desperate for any medical supplies that it can get its hands on.
In order for the federal government to make a competent response, it requires actual knowledge, foresight, and management skills all things Donald Trump lacks. Though he is surrounded by health experts he has failed to heed their advice when it was needed most.
Trump’s failure to competently respond has resulted in healthcare workers being swamped with coronavirus patients that require critical care. These healthcare workers are in desperate need of masks, gowns, and ventilators. Trump actually told New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that he could find his own supplies. Cuomo has repeatedly pleaded with Trump for help.
“I can’t find any more equipment. It’s not a question of money,” Gov. Cuomo, said during a press conference on Tuesday. “We need the federal help and we need the federal help now.”
New York somehow managed to get enough protective gear to last a few weeks. However, it was unable to secure the 30,000 ventilators local officials believe will be needed over the upcoming weeks.
Trump bragged that FEMA had sent New York 400 ventilators, but Cuomo stressed that it was not even close to enough to get them through.
“The president said it’s a war … then act like it,” Cuomo stated. He added that if the federal government did not step up he offered, “You pick the 26,000 people who are going to die.”
Seattle, Chicago, and the San Francisco Bay Area are all scrambling to meet the need that is “just around the corner.” The chaotic dash to get proper medical supplies is pitting region against region and in some cases hospital against the hospital.
“We have Third World countries who are better equipped than we are now in Seattle,” said Rhonda Medows, president of population health management at Providence St. Joseph Health. “For weeks we have been asking the federal government to compel manufacturers to produce more [personal protective equipment] because we knew from our own modeling that there would be a serious shortfall.”
Hospitals are so desperate for supplies that they are accepting donations of masks from private citizens.
A handful of private-sector manufacturers have also stepped up to produce the critically needed supplies on a voluntary basis.
According to the Washington Post, “General Motors announced a partnership with Ventec Life Systems, a Seattle-based company that makes ventilators, to help it step up production.”
The Trump administration’s failure to respond swiftly and work with health facilities to secure proper supplies has left both state governments and hospitals fending for themselves.
Trump’s failure to properly lead during this health crisis will no doubt result in untold numbers of lost lives,