The world is changing ever so quickly these days, as a global pandemic continues to strain our medical infrastructure and rattle our economic foundation.
It will take a great deal of teamwork to get through the Covid-19 crisis intact, and while the work we are tasked with isn’t necessary grueling, it will be frustrating.
You see, our job as Americans will be to practice “social distancing” – which is just a fancy way of saying that we need to be cognizant of how much time we spend in the company of others. The less the better, at least for a few weeks, and we are to be keen to who we’re spending time with. The idea is to avoid spreading the illness to those at risk due to age or underlying health conditions.
In order to ease the inevitable economic impact of this on the United States, President Trump has been working around the clock to develop relief and fiscal stimulus packages for the nation.
So far, the American people seem to think that he’s doing a pretty good job.
A poll released Friday shows President Donald Trump’s approval for his handling of the Chinese coronavirus outbreak is on the rise.
In the figures reported by ABC, a full 55 percent of Americans approve of the president’s management of the crisis, against 43 percent who disapprove.
Trump’s approval on this issue is up from last week, when the numbers were nearly reversed. Only 43 percent approved of Trump’s handling of the pandemic and 54 percent disapproved in last week’s poll.
The poll conducted by Ipsos in partnership with ABC News, using Ipsos’ Knowledge Panel, asked Americans about the disruption to their daily lives amid more urgent efforts to contain the spread of the global pandemic, Trump’s response, and their concerns over contracting the virus.
Unfortunately, the poll wasn’t all good news.
Anxiety over the coronavirus is widespread, according to the poll, with 79 percent of Americans saying they are concerned that they or someone they know will be infected, which is a significant uptick from last week when 66 percent said the same.
Among Democrats, 87 percent are concerned about getting coronavirus, including 37 percent who are very concerned. Republicans remain the least concerned among the ideological groups, with 66 percent saying they are concerned, including 23 percent who are very concerned.
Only 12 percent of Democrats and 34 percent of Republicans are not concerned.
The coronavirus is manageable under treatment, but the issue we’re concerned with is one of being able to actually treat people. If not enough Americans take social distancing seriously, the health care system could be stressed, forcing some Americans with symptoms to be unable to receive treatment.
Do your part, and we’ll back to business as usual.
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