The coronavirus outbreak will likely hit the United States “especially hard,” due to “multiple pre-existing weaknesses” in the country’s government, according to Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, who is also a widely-read New York Times columnist. First among those “weaknesses” exposed by the viral outbreak — which has now claimed 19 lives in the U.S. — is that “the country has “a man-child as president,” according to Krugman, writing on his Twitter account Saturday. The Nobel winner’s full Twitter essay was posted by Thread Reader.
Trump has been accused of focusing more intensely on the politics of the coronavirus crisis than on preventing the spread of the illness. His actions have included removing a warning to elderly Americans against flying on commercial airlines — this from a Centers for Disease Control plan to contain the possible epidemic, as The Inquisitr reported.
He has also publicly claimed that any American who wants to be tested for coronavirus can receive a test. But Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar contradicted Trump, according to a New York Times report, clarifying that only medical professionals may approve coronavirus testing.
In addition, there appears to have been a shortage of test kits available, with only 5,860 tests conducted as of Saturday evening, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn said, as quoted by The Times.