|US braces for painful week of loss in time of pandemic
“This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment.” That’s how the U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams starkly framed the coming week and an expected wave of coronavirus deaths across the nation.
New York City, the U.S. epicenter, New Orleans and Detroit face especially worrying days ahead.
Yet President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are striking optimistic tones, insisting that hard weeks ahead will ultimately lead to the nation beginning to turn a corner.
AP Investigation: The first alarms sounded in early January that the outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China would ignite a global pandemic. But the Trump administration squandered nearly two months that could have been used to bolster the federal stockpile of critically needed medical supplies and equipment, Michael Biesecker found.
America and the World: A thick thread of the American experience has always been to hold the rest of the world at arm’s length. Now, the notion of a virus that came from a distant “elsewhere,” accurate or not, stands to carve deeper grooves in that landscape, AP national writer Ted Anthony reports.
More from the AP U.S. team:
- Anti-Viral Drug: Coronavirus patients around the world are rushing to join studies of an experimental drug that showed promise against some similar viruses in the past. Interest in the drug remdesivir has been so great that the U.S. National Institutes of Health is boosting the size of its study, reports AP chief medical writer Marilynn Marchione.
- African American Mistrust: Historic failures in government response to disasters and emergencies, medical abuse, neglect and exploitation have jaded generations of black people into a distrust of public institutions. Aaron Morrison and Jay Reeves have that story.
- Grocery Workers: Across the globe they are working the frontlines during lockdowns. Their stores are deemed essential, and their work puts them close to the public and therefore at risk. They’re also afraid.
- One Good Thing: Workers at New Orleans’ Ochsner Medical Center have been greeted with expressions of gratitude from an unnamed artist, sketched out in chalk on the sidewalk. Says one lab technician: They “give us hope.”