“Trump didn’t cause the pandemic. What he did was squander America’s only advantage—a lag time during which to prepare for the crisis—thus encouraging the spread of the disease when it might have been contained. He has, in real and material ways, made this crisis worse.” pic.twitter.com/dpfEqH02uI— Sarah Longwell (@SarahLongwell25) March 17, 2020
Presumably, every other country on earth like New Zealand where 9 people have died from the virus received the same intelligence from the WHO in February to “ride it out” and “treat it like the flu.” That’s why there are less than 500 deaths in all of East Asia outside of China. Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Japan, Vietnam and Taiwan all treated it like FOX News!
Note: The WHO really did blow this. The death toll and case fatality rate varies wildly from country to country though depending on their leadership and how seriously they took the threat.