China suppressed news of the coronavirus problem for three weeks. Then they accepted reality and tackled the problem with everything they could. By early January, the world knew this was a new kind of disease and a genuine threat.
As the virus spread across the world, the U.S. had warning to prepare. We could have made millions of face masks and testing kits while making plans for testing, hospitals, and quarantines. We could have prepared the country.
Everything is connected. With global travel, it was inevitable that this virus would enter our country. My great grandfather, with only a few years of formal schooling, would have understood and prepared.
But despite adequate warning, the U.S. ignored the problem. After the first coronavirus case was identified here, we had six weeks of government denial and no planning for the coming viral invasion. It was mocked as a hoax. Because of poor planning, we may lose friends to the virus.
We can still slow the spread if we follow the coronavirus containment guidelines. Neighbors are helping neighbors, asking what is needed before going to a store. Schools are closed, but school buses deliver food to students who were on free or reduced lunch. Customers are finally polite to the people who work in the stores.
Everyone is connected. Pray for the victims, doctors, nurses, store personnel, cashiers, and everyone risking their lives to serve the public.