By By Zhong Sheng
By changing evaluation indicators, American media recently ranked the U.S. first among 53 economies in the world for its return to normal life amid the pandemic in its “COVID Resilience Ranking”. Ironically, core indicators of the COVID-19 situation in the country, such as the daily numbers of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, rebounded seriously. Increase in the number of COVID-19 infections is rising in all of its 50 states, while growth in vaccination rates has all but stalled.
The contrast between the ridiculous COVID-19 resilience ranking and the harsh pandemic situation has revealed how anxious some people in the U.S. are to cover up the country’s failure in response to the pandemic, which is also the root cause of the attempt of some U.S. politicians to shift the blame for their own incompetence in fighting the pandemic to other countries by stigmatizing acts of other countries regarding the pandemic, attaching geographical labels to the virus, and politicizing COVID-19 origin tracing.
However, no matter how certain U.S. politicians indulge themselves in wishful thinking, they can’t rid themselves of the burden of social problems at home.
The deep-seated social problems in the U.S. are unavoidable pitfalls in the country’s response to the COVID-19. Issues like racial divide, the gap between rich and poor, and social division are profound and important reasons behind the country’s failure to control the pandemic.
The inaction and misconduct of some U.S. politicians, both in the past and today, have pandered to the country’s reality of social division and worsened the impacts of social division, dragging the country’s pandemic situation into a vicious cycle of “deterioration-alleviation-rebounding”.
In the U.S., where the society is deeply divided, fighting the COVID-19 through solidarity seems merely a slogan out of reach.
“Nations, like individuals, reveal themselves at times of crisis,” wrote BBC’s New York correspondent Nick Bryant in an article published on the website of BBC.
“Rather than a coming together, the crisis has demonstrated how for decades Americans have conducted a political version of social distancing,” the article said, going straight to the heart of the matter.
In a poll carried out by NBC News in April, 82 percent of the respondents said they believe the U.S. is divided and racial and political tensions are escalating in the country.
Well-known American political scientist Francis Fukuyama pointed out that in the face of an unprecedented pandemic, Americans should have put aside differences and fight the crisis in solidarity, but overall, the COVID-19 has exacerbated political polarization in the U.S.