In the blink of an eye, the US media was flooded with information about coVID-19, replaced by a flood of demonstrations and violence.
It’s delusional: Where has coVID-19 gone?
The epidemic has not gone away, but it is no longer the focus of media and public attention, or even the top priority of American politicians.
Protests have apparently taken over.
The White House briefing on the outbreak was gone, as was Anthony Fauci, an infectious disease specialist who earned the public’s trust with his professionalism.
Although New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has continued to hold daily press briefings, much of the time has been devoted to the protests rather than the outbreak, and television stations have stopped broadcasting them.
Washington is a mess.
Four former presidents have spoken out against America’s deep-rooted racism and expressed dissatisfaction with the administration’s handling of the crisis.
Mattis, a former defense secretary, was more blunt, expressing “anger and shock” at the administration’s handling of the crisis and accusing the President of “abuse of power.”
The White House and the military are also at odds over whether to use troops to quell the unrest.
The streets of the bustling metropolitan areas of New York, Washington, Los Angeles and Chicago were filled with protesters, oblivious to the epidemic.
But the reality is that there are still around 20,000 new confirmed cases a day in the United States, and thousands of deaths a day.
Experts believe that so many people took part in the demonstrations without masks, the crowds were so dense that coughing, sneezing and even Shouting slogans could spread the virus.
Demonstrations are bound to delay the outbreak.
Even more worrying is that states are starting to restart their economies. Even New York City, at the heart of the epidemic, has tentatively set a date of June 8th.
After seeing only partial restarts in South Carolina, North Carolina, Arizona, Texas, Alabama, Utah and other states, coVID-19 statistics have rebounded sharply, with experts warning that a second wave may be on its way.
“I know that a lot of protesters out of novel Coronavirus have stopped caring,” Cuomo said in a Wednesday release.
But coVID-19 is not a thing of the past. It’s still a problem and it’s still deadly.”
The bits of information that are still available are mostly about the development of drugs and vaccines.
Only a few celebrities and experts like Bill Gates have insisted on reminding people to pay attention to the development of the epidemic in the media and calling for greater efforts in prevention and control.
As of the night of June 4, there were more than 1.87 million confirmed coVID-19 cases and more than 108,000 deaths in the United States.
The number of americans filing new jobless claims stood at 1.9 million last week, bringing the total to 42.6 million, according to the Labor Department.
In the United States, hit by the epidemic and the wave of protests, people still have a long way to go before they can return to normal work and life.