“The U.S. fundamentally failed in ways that were worse than I ever could have imagined.”– Julia Marcus, an infectious-disease epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School
Ed Yong’s new article for The Atlantic, “How the Pandemic Defeated America,” is a must-read for anyone trying to make sense out of what’s happening in America today. Although the sum total isn’t news to anyone paying attention, Yong brilliantly lays out the individual dominoes that fell leading us to this point.
It’s stunningly well-researched reportage that answers a lot of questions about how exactly we ended up here, and the picture it paints is a devastating indictment of everything wrong with he U.S. today. The list of failures is long and disheartening.
Is it possible to fix this mess? Not in the short-term, I’m afraid. With powerful and decisive leadership (a rather big if), it’s possible to slowly begin addressing the economic disaster wrought by the pandemic, but at this late stage only a vaccine given to over half the population will stop it. Based on the past performance of our electorate, I’m not too confident about the upcoming election.
With heartbreaking clarity, Mr. Yong’s article makes one thing all too clear.
If we stay on this road, the Great American Experiment is over.