To the editor:
I would like to respond to the May 2 COVID-19 letter written by Gary Wilson.
It is amazing to me how people think that President Trump delayed the reaction to the COVID virus. If you look at the big picture, nobody knew how bad the virus was since China and the World Heath Organization totally misinformed the world how bad it was.
The Centers for Disease Control issued warnings Jan. 6-8. On Jan. 14, the WHO did not know that the virus could be transmitted from human to human. Jan. 16 the CDC starts screening people coming from Wuhan. Jan. 21, the first case in the U.S. Jan. 22 President Trump says everything was fine. the WHO said on Jan. 23 it was too early to declare it a health emergency. Jan. 29, the president wanted to send help to China and China refused. Jan. 29 the coronavirus task force is created. Jan. 31, Trump blocks travel from China — Democrats call Trump racist et cetera.
Feb. 2, Trump states that there are only five people infected — still not knowing how bad it would be since there is really no correct information supplied by the WHO and China — and we shut down travel from China. China removes whistleblowers from Wuhan. The world is not doing anything, the Democrats are not talking about it — they had three debates from January to March.
Feb. 4, WHO urges no travel ban: “We reiterate our call to all countries not to impose restrictions that unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade. Such restrictions can have the effect of increasing fear and stigma, with little public health benefit.”
Feb. 13, Trump was still trying to keep a positive outlook not knowing how bad the virus could be. Feb. 24, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said “go visit Chinatown” — she knows about the virus, and if you say she is following Trump’s directions, you know better because she hates Trump and does the opposite of what he says.
WHO did not raise the global risk level from “high” to “very high” until Feb. 28. March 5 in a WHO briefing, Director-General Tedros Adhanom applauded China’s president and Trump in taking the right approach.
The same day, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking the subway to ensure that taking the subway is safe — so nobody thinks the virus would be that harsh, and he hates Trump and wouldn’t listen to him either. So far, 25 percent of all deaths are from New York. President Trump appoints Vice President Mike Pence to lead the task force.
March 11, the WHO declared the virus a pandemic. I could go on and on. Here is the take, nobody in the world knew how bad it was. The Democrats did not talk about it, and they shamed Trump when he stopped flights from China and Italy.
I believe Trump did the best he could with the information he had, he is taking the correct approach in letting governors decide how to handle each state with the federal government supporting them. For people who hate Trump, there is nothing that man can do correctly for them, he could cure cancer and they would still say he did not find the cure early enough.
It is important to be rational and not let our hatred blind the truth. The news media and Democrats are trying to destroy Trump, but I am glad he is the president in this situation and not Joe Biden because I believe we would be worse off. Trump, hate or love him, listens to everybody and every idea no matter how ridiculous — by the way, that is called brainstorming in the business world.