Monday, 9 March 2020


When the outbreak first occurred and the scale and scope began to become more appreciable, there was speculation whether the novel coronavirus might be China’s Chernobyl moment, a cover-up and a public-relations disaster that was on par with the physical legacy in terms of trust for the Soviet leadership by the people—and while criticism for China may continue from both ends, both faulting them for silencing early responders and more the enduring surveillance apparatus meant to monitor and control its spread—the metonymical characterisation is probably better hitched to the United States of America for its obfuscation and inadequate response.
The press and medical science, both institutions that Trump and authoritarians revile in general, are sorely needed to be brought into the fight and unwillingly to enlist their unbegrudging help, the regime has turned to bombast and denial and equating ignorance with containment. Not only does this moment lay bare the precarity of the US dysfunctional healthcare system and labour market, millions of those just getting barely getting by with no margin for contingencies to fall back on and uninsured, far more afraid of the bill than maintaining a clean bill of health, it threatens to dismantle the faรงade that Trump and his ilk were good for business as the world economy adjusts to deal with old, new realities that lurk at the periphery along with their usual cadets of xenophobia and conspiracy.