As the world grapples with the devastation of the coronavirus, one thing is clear: The United States simply wasn’t prepared. Despite repeated warnings from infectious disease experts over the years, the States lacked essential beds, equipment, and medication; public health advice was confusing; and their leadership offered no clear direction while sidelining credible health professionals and institutions. Infectious disease experts agree that it’s only a matter of time before the next pandemic hits, and that one could be even more deadly.
So how do we fix what COVID-19 has shown was broken?
In the Mother Jones series experts from a wide range of disciplines are asked one question:
What are the most important steps we can take to make sure we’re better prepared next time around?
Read more about divisions which are as solid as ever, and a pandemic which has shown us how deadly they can turn: > Why Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide Might Save Our Lives
… when the pandemic came along, and because of the way it hit the United States, primarily in urban centers first, many people were resistant to the shutdowns and to the advice of public health measures because they were perceiving that these were decisions that were being made to fit urban situations.