Sunday August 2, 2020
This weekend, the United States is in the eye of the hurricane. This is called a coronavirus and it hits hard.
Although Florida has been paralyzed by the threat of Isaias, one of the most common and cyclical atmospheric phenomena at this time, what continues to worry this population of the southern state – which is not the only one affected by the health emergency – is the effect of the pandemic.
The Miami Herald newspaper, citing sources from the state Health Department, estimated at the beginning of the weekend at 470,000 confirmed cases of covid-19, with 6,800 deaths. In addition, he warns that the intensive care units of hospital centers are at the limit.
That of the collapse of health systems is a well-known story, not only in that country but practically throughout the world where the disease has reached high levels.
Nationally, official figures published at the beginning of the weekend by US entities showed 4,495,000 infections and 152,000 deaths.
The authorities emphasized the people who overcame the problem: about 1.5 million. But the pandemic leaves devastating havoc: unemployment is rising and unemployment insurance claims have risen significantly in the past week. Meanwhile, the economy is running dry, to the point that Congress is studying new aid.
June was an encouraging month but it was a mirage. The North American gross domestic product experiences a historical fall of 9%. Of course, compared to Europe, it is a less important piece of information.
But the reality is that the Trump government, beyond the battles over the histrionic attitude of its leader, had been managing the economy with growth figures. Of course, all of this before the pandemic that left land devastated and with that social impact of unemployment.
The hurricane would hit Trump on the electoral side; proposes to postpone the election but the opposition argues that democracy would be affected. November is unlikely to be favorable for reelection.