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Our #1 objective must be: drastically reduce the fear and panic among Americans

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First, let's make it clear that the coronavirus threat to America must be the nation's chief concern, its #1 priority that nothing is more important. And part of that priority has to be to get this Trump administration to shift into high gear to address every element of this massive problem. That is just not happening right now.

That said, there is no question but that we also must address another, secondary crisis, in this country, i.e., the hemorrhaging of the stock market, the rapid downward spiral that threatens the financial foundations of our nation. In doing that we must do everything possible to stop the panic-selling that continues unabated.

This financial crisis will be further addressed below so let's continue speaking about the virus problem.

A president should be calming the people's fears, giving them hope, showing them that he is on top of the problem, that they can depend on him to do whatever needs to be done to bring this dire situation under control. They need to trust him, that the safety and security of the American people are to him paramount.

The more we hear about these medical equipment shortages and the failure of this government to deal with them, the more fear that is generated in the minds of Americans, the more panic that is created. Americans do not understand why this problem continues and this is very troubling to them; that, because of these shortages, they may not get necessary treatment if they get infected.

Someone, please tell me what is so very difficult about producing masks and various other items that these doctors and nurses need as they examine and treat virus-infected individuals? This is not manufacturing electronics or robotic machinery or autos. Most of these items are not complicated and should have been available to hospitals in the mega millions weeks ago, but we are still waiting; what in the world is wrong here?

One of the main reasons is that, over the last twenty years or so, China has become the primary manufacturing source for masks and other associated equipment such as respirators. Unfortunately, when the virus hit China in January 2020, that country's own increased need for these medical needs largely dried up the availability for other countries.

Then, when the Trump administration should have been reacting strongly to this problem by using all the power and influence it had to get US manufacturers to pick up this manufacturing, it just didn't do it. As I've said before Trump has been "asleep at the wheel."

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