Who do you want leading us in a crisis?March 19, 2020
To the editor:
Back in 2009, the world faced another flu crisis, Influenza A (H1N1), commonly called swine flu. The World Health Organization declared the flu a pandemic on June 11, 2009. At that time, the U.S. had 13,217 cases and 27 deaths. On October 24, 2009, President Obama declared the flu a national emergency.
Travel advisories were issued, waivers were granted to requesting hospitals from usual federal regulations, schools and airlines took special precautions involving cleanliness, disinfection and isolation of the sick until they could be removed from the airplane or be picked up from school.
This is a summary from the Center for Disease Control:
“From 12 April 2009 to 10 April 2010, we estimate that approximately 60.8 million cases, 274,304 hospitalizations, and 12,469 deaths occurred in the United States due to pH1N1. Eighty-seven percent of deaths occurred in those under 65 years of age with children and working adults having risks of hospitalization and death 4 to 7 times and 8 to 12 times greater, respectively, than estimates of impact due to seasonal influenza covering the years 1976-2001. In our study, adults 65 years of age or older were found to have rates of hospitalization and death that were up to 75% and 81%, respectively, lower than seasonal influenza.”
Note that, unlike now, old people were the least affected group.
Speaking to the current Wuhan Coronavirus situation, I make this observation: everything President Obama could have done in 2009, but didn’t, President Trump has done.
President Trump was dealing with this epidemic since the end of January. The media and the Democrats were tied up with impeachment until late February. After taking notice, they labeled Coronavirus a Trump leadership failure and whipped us into hysteria. The never-Trump Republicans acted likewise.
The panic we are now in is at its core an anti-Trump effort to unseat the president in the 2020 election. It won’t work. Who do you want leading us in a crisis, President Trump or an aged Communist and a senile mediocrity? President Trump wins hands down.
—Mike Gramelspacher Jr.
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