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  1. Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States government has enacted hundreds of laws to protect Americans, and at least 17 laws address bioterrorism and pandemics. The response to bioterrorism and pandemics is identical. In hindsight, some of the laws seem as if they were written specifically in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic because the things they address, are exactly the problems we face today. If these laws had been faithfully executed, the impact of COVID-19 would be much less.

    1. Yes Marley. Here is one example from 2002.

      The “Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act” of 2002 was written “To improve the ability of the United States to prevent, prepare for, and respond to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies.” Here is a small part of what this law is about.

      ‘Health and safety protection of workers’

      ‘Hospital readiness’

      ‘National Disaster Medical System…for public health emergency’

      ‘Advance registration of volunteer health professionals’

      ‘Supply-chain management’

      “stockpile of drugs, vaccines, supplies.”

      1. Here is another law. “The Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act of 2006” required the Department of Health and Human Services to improve their “capacity to provide additional medical surge capacity to local communities in the event of a public health emergency,” and “to establish and maintain a Medical Reserve Corps.”

        1. This laws was supposed to help us learn what is going on worldwide so we would not be surprised. The “2007 Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act” created the National Biosurveillance Integration Center to “identify, characterize, localize, and track a biological event of national concern.”

          1. This is not a law that was enacted by Congress, but Department of Defense policy. It too was supposed to help us learn what is going on worldwide – so we could prepare. The Department of Defense established the National Center for Medical Intelligence in 2009. “[M]edical intelligence” is defined as the product of collection, evaluation, and all-source analysis of worldwide health threats and issues, including foreign medical capabilities, infectious disease, environmental health risks, developments in biotechnology and biomedical subjects of national and military importance, and support to force protection.”

  2. Assuming people are inherently good why did the government ignore

    the statutes? Did other government have similar guidelines that

    were ignored as well? It seems many governments were trying to

    cover up the reality of this.

    1. This is an excellent question.

      There are at least two, time references, in answer this question. In the past six months, President Trump ignored it because it did not fit in with his ‘everything is fine’ image. From the beginning of his administration, he has worked to discredit the intelligence services, and dismantle and weaken the institutions and structure, such as the State Department, we have created to prevent this from happening.

      Previous administrations would have reacted months earlier to the intelligence they were receiving from the various intelligence agencies and the Department of State.

      But, I do not know what happened to the millions of PPE the previous administrations should have already had.

    2. Every country has the same concerns we have about terrorism (in this case bioterrorism because bioterrorism response is the same as pandemic response). Therefore, they too should have been listening to their intelligence services, AND they too should have had all the PPE we have been fretting about, on hand in large stockpiles, because this is all foreseeable. It was foreseeable in 2002.

  3. Yes. Nobody in the world had to have this kind of problem.

    Imagine where we would be today if we had started to prepare 4 months earlier. Imagine where we would be if the basic problems of lack of PPE and testing never even existed – because we were prepared.

  4. We are all in the same storm – but we are not all in the same boat.

    I heard that we are all in the same boat, but it’s not like that. We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat. Your ship could be shipwrecked and mine might not be. Or vice versa.

    For some, quarantine is optimal. A moment of reflection, of re-connection, easy in flip flops, with a cocktail or coffee. For others, this is a desperate financial & family crisis.

    For some that live alone they’re facing endless loneliness. While for others it is peace, rest & time with their mother, father, sons & daughters.

    With the $600 weekly increase in unemployment some are bringing in more money to their households than they were working. Others are working more hours for less money due to pay cuts or loss in sales.

    Some families of 4 just received $3400 from the stimulus while other families of 4 saw $0.

    Some were concerned about getting a certain candy for Easter while others were concerned if there would be enough bread, milk and eggs for the weekend.

    Some want to go back to work because they don’t qualify for unemployment and are running out of money. Others want to kill those who break the quarantine.

    Some are home spending 2-3 hours/day helping their child with online schooling while others are spending 2-3 hours/day to educate their children on top of a 10-12 hour workday.

    Some have experienced the near death of the virus, some have already lost someone from it and some are not sure if their loved ones are going to make it. Others don’t believe this is a big deal.

    Some have faith in God and expect miracles during this 2020. Others say the worst is yet to come.

    So, friends, we are not in the same boat. We are going through a time when our perceptions and needs are completely different.

    Each of us will emerge, in our own way, from this storm. It is very important to see beyond what is seen at first glance. Not just looking, actually seeing.

    We are all on different ships during this storm experiencing a very different journey.

    Realize that and BE KIND

    1. I have another comment on your post, Brian. You said, some people don’t think it’s a big deal, while others “want to kill those who break the quarantine.” I can feel that on the street. The reason for such divergence of behavior is not that people don’t care. It is that conflicting and poor messaging creates mistrust and confusion. If you want to talk more about this, please use the “Messaging” blog.

  5. Thanks Brian. You are correct. It is different for different people. All I can say about this is to repeat that what was going to happen has been known for long time.

    After the failure of our response to Hurricane Katrina, in 2006, the Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina found:

    “… The failure of local, state, and federal governments to respond more effectively to Katrina — which had been predicted in theory for many years, and forecast with startling accuracy for five days — demonstrates that whatever improvements have been made to our capacity to respond to natural or man-made disasters, four and half years after 9/11, we are still not fully prepared. ”

    Katrina was a local disaster. COVID-19 is a national disaster and responding to it is the responsibility of the federal government. It failed, not only the words of the laws, but also the spirit.

  6. Yes. BE KIND.

    Safety does not mean no eye-contact. There is not a single case – worldwide – of transmission by glance.

    We can also say hello. Even to a stranger!

  7. Hmm is anyone else encountering problems with the pictures on this blog loading? I’m trying to figure out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi. Thanks for your message. This is Martin Alperen. I was updating the video. If things do not work now, please comment again.

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