Looking Past the Wuhan Coronavirus
Host of RI Red Radio
It’s hard to believe that it’s really only been less than three months since the Chinese coronavirus became the single most preoccupying thought in most American’s heads. You would think that watching the world respond in real time to a pandemic would be captivating, especially given the amount of new information we are constantly inundated with.
By no means do I mean to discount or minimize the over one hundred thousand lives this virus has claimed or the pain and suffering of those they left behind, but there will be some good things to come out of this pandemic. There has to be.
At the very least, this pandemic showed each nation, each state and just about every person exactly how ill prepared they were to deal with a new deadly virus. If we’re smart we’ll be prepared for the next one.
Did we get lucky here in America? We were rated the most prepared place to deal with a pandemic but it’s much more than that. We will have new medical procedures and discoveries that will come from cooperation and partnerships that no one had considered before.
Shortly after President Trump appointed the coronavirus task force, he instructed Vice President Mike Pence to reach out to the private sector. The partnership that formed between the government and the private sector was no small feat and something to be proud of. I don’t know how anyone who watched the press conference that day could have felt anything but proud.
President Trump has said, “… the cupboards were bare,” and he was right but it wasn’t just on a federal level but locally as well. States didn’t have enough ventilators or personal protection equipment needed to fight an outbreak.
President Trump invoked the Defense Production Act but in reality, he didn’t need to use it very often. Why?
Because we did what American’s always do. We began stepping up to the challenge. American companies began converting parts of their everyday manufacturing workforce to now churn out ventilators and personal protection equipment.
We were unprepared to do testing on such a large scale and that was due to an outdated approach. Today however, we are quickly getting there. By cutting even more regulations, fast-tracking treatments, and the FDA allowing private companies to create their own tests we are witnessing only what our medical resources are capable of.
Of course, it all boils down to the American people, many doing their part as well. Whether it’s staying home as much as possible, showing up for work because you’re an essential employee or not hoarding toilet paper, most of us did it.
Granted, now there are some states who are having issues with power hungry governors but that’s not what this is about. Well, maybe it is.
While most of America pulled together, some states are having to do that as well and it’s all in response to government control and massive overreach into their lives. Americans exercising their constitutionally and God given rights and some, for the first time, realizing what it really means to be an American and the responsibilities that come with it. What’s more American than that?
Right now, it looks like the United States is now “on the mend” and we are all ready to move ahead and open back up. Let’s just not be in such a rush to put this behind us. Yes, we will learn from this and get better. If this had been a virus ten times deadlier, we wouldn’t have the chance to make sure we don’t make the same mistakes next time. All of us.
We got a small glimpse of what American ingenuity and grit is capable of and the only reason we were able to is because we allowed ourselves to become dependent on someone else. Americans don’t want to be reliant on someone else. We strive for independence. Why should our country be any different?
If this virus never made it to the US, we may have not discovered how dependent we were on China until it was too late.
Before the reports that the coronavirus had escaped from a laboratory in Wuhan, China, there already was that feeling of American Pride brewing. Buy American, don’t buy “Made in China.”
Now that the Wuhan laboratory has been thrown into the mix, buying anything stamped with “Made in China” seems less and less likely for anyone.
Better times are ahead for all of us. American Pride. American Ingenuity. Good old American Grit. I firmly believe that the economy will come back better than ever. Bring the rest of our manufacturing back home and buy “Made in America”
Allan Giberti is the host of RI Red Radio on 990WBOB.com. You can listen to Allan live on Mondays and Tuesdays at 7pm Eastern.
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