- U.S. infection numbers continue to rise despite decreasing elsewhere
- Other countries are watching the rising numbers with concern
- Blame for the lack of progress is falling mostly on U.S. leadership
As countries around the globe begin to see their coronavirus numbers even out and decrease, they are watching the rising numbers in the U.S. with mounting horror, according to the Washington Post. Strict and thorough responses from global governments have helped to stem the tide of coronavirus infections and deaths. The U.S. has taken a different approach, though, and cities and states continue to reopen even as infections are climbing.
The U.S. response feels confusing to many non-Americans, who see the government’s response as contrary to the advice of scientists. For months, scientists at the highest levels of their fields have been pushing for the extension of stay-at-home orders, mandatory masks in public, and stricter social distancing orders. Instead, the U.S. government continues to push toward reopening, without even necessitating many basic safety measures.
Through it all, the number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. is skyrocketing. Several states—like Texas, Arizona, and Florida—are seeing record high daily numbers. This has led some experts to state that the pandemic may be “spiraling out of control” in those areas of the country.
The U.S. is far from the only country to begin re-opening. Many countries around the world are seeing life begin to return to normal as they cautiously lift restrictions and open public spaces. Before doing so, however, they ensured that their infection rates were well under control. In the U.S., the number of infections had hardly begun to dip in many states before reopening measures began. This has led to a predictable surge of COVID-19 cases in many areas.
Allies of the U.S. are watching the mounting cases with genuine concern. As the European Union prepares to lift travel restrictions, officials are considering barring travel to and from the U.S. The E.U. is in talks with member nations to determine which areas are safe for travel. As of June 25, it appears the U.S. will not qualify.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump further muddied the water with his assurances that the U.S. leads the world in testing and fighting the coronavirus but then said there’s too much testing in the country and that he wants to slow it down. Increasingly, as reported by the Atlantic, countries around the world view the U.S. as, at best, a laughingstock. At worst, some believe the U.S. is a legitimate danger. Propaganda from nations like China paints an illuminating picture of how much of the world sees the leadership in the U.S.: as incompetent, bumbling, and confused.
“It really does feel like the U.S. has given up,” Siouxsie Wiles, an infectious-diseases specialist at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, told the Washington Post. “I can’t imagine what it must be like having to go to work knowing it’s unsafe. It’s hard to see how this ends. There are just going to be more and more people infected, and more and more deaths. It’s heartbreaking.”