Depending on when you start measuring, January when the president knew we had a problem, or February when most the rest of us were forewarned, here we are months into the pandemic and the governor and front line health care providers are still saying that there aren’t enough masks or gowns or other PPE items. That masks and gowns are being reused sometimes days at a time…10 months after the president knew that we had a serious pandemic coming.
And although the president said the cupboard was bare…and whether that was true or not is now beside the point…because first, he had three years to refill the larder. But more seriously this has been an ongoing issue for 10 months and the president has done little to nothing to resolve it.
Oh, yeah he got the respirator issue resolved and used his power to get manufacturers to ramp up production.
But where are the masks? Where are the gowns? Why, in the face of a runaway pandemic, doesn’t the president have this under control? This is an actual matter of life and death…particularly for the front line health care workers who we are all lauding as heroes…but their heroism doesn’t mean we should subject them to a careless lack of support from our government.