This article is utter nonsense. Comparing our response to Singapore’s is emblematic of everything wrong with it.
Singapore, is an ISLAND nation smaller in area than San Antonio, Texas. What lessons should we extrapolate from a country that is completely unlike the US in any category you’d care to name?
Testing statistics aside, we have more critical care beds, more ICU beds, and more ventilators per capita than any country on earth. Those are the metrics that will count when we have a mass of critically ill patients.
And our excess supply of those critical pieces is precisely thanks to the kind of decentralized medical system that’s tacitly criticized in this hack job.
The measure of our testing ability is if you want a test, can you get it? The fact that we’ve had fewer tests done than South Korea is irrelevant at this point. South Korea was one of the first places hit by covid, so they’ve had weeks of testing.
I know people who have been tested in Vermont and had no problem doing so. Most Americans (at this point) have had no reason to suspect they were infected, so why get tested? What will you say in the coming weeks when more Americans are tested? Well?
Edit: I haven’t even mentioned the bizarre comparison between Japan marveling at the naval might of the West and modern America’s unpreparedness for Covid.
That’s such a, let’s say, “self-pleasing” historical metaphor that I’m avoiding critique of it out of my sense that the author needs some privacy.