US Politics News: Return to Normalcy Schedule

As the coronavirus pandemic ramps up across United States it’s easy to forget that it’s an election year. On Tuesday, November 3, the nation is expected to cast votes for the next president and, while the 2020 Elections may be several months away, the severe implications of the coronavirus pandemic that has turned life upside down could have far-reaching consequences at voting stations.

The fear things will not return to normal by the time the general election is scheduled to get underway could determine how America votes. That puts a premium on how both the state and federal governments handle the public health crisis now.

Politicians the country over, including Donald Trump and the federal government, have been at pains to stress in recent weeks that the lifting of restrictions must be done gradually and in a uniform manner.

Trump assured the nation at a press briefing at the White House last week that “We can begin the next front in our war, which we are calling ‘Opening Up America Again.” His plan to reopen the economy is aimed at preserving both ‘the health of Americans’ and ‘the health of our economy,’ implying in no uncertain terms the two are not mutually exclusive.

Yet, there’s a sense the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has no end in sight, at least not in the foreseeable future. According to epidemiologists, medical experts and politicians, the ‘new normal’ that is affecting millions of people around the world is going to last in some measure until a vaccine is developed, which by the most optimistic projections is 18 excruciating long months away.

The question is to what extreme these measures will continue. To say the last few months or so have been totally unbelievable, extraordinary and overwhelming, is an understatement. It’s been a nightmare for many, not unlike a horror-flick that we’ve seen before on TV and in cinemas. Save for one teeny weeny difference; that is, while a movie lasts a couple of hours the unbearable magnitude of this unprecedented global pandemic is expected to last for months and months on end.

Avoiding a serious coronavirus backlash, with people becoming increasingly more fearful about job losses than the virus itself because the struggle to pay bills, rent and mortgages begins to supersede any health concerns can’t be played down.

Indeed, mass rallies are beginning to crop up across America to protest the lockdown measures. Streets in California, Texas, Idaho, Michigan and Pennsylvania, amongst several other states, have recently seen minorities defy government to air their grievances and demand governments lift orders to close businesses and public places sooner rather than later.

The very fabric of modern life has been ripped to shreds on the heels of social distancing, self-isolation and sheltering – some of the many bywords in the body of virus-mandated rules that govern daily life today. Basic liberties have been chucked out of the window with people being asked to stay put at home; scores of ‘nonessential’ businesses have shutdown in nearly every single state; and job losses have been inflicted on every single industry, threatening financial ruin for both employers and employees.

Unemployment hit a record high after the figure for jobless claims filed in the United States crossed 22 million people last week. That figure could be much worse warn economists if the over 50 million American jobs, which fall into the nonessential category. were in their entirety to suffer the continued consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.

Countering such doom-laden prognostications, which are a sobering reminder of the catastrophic long-term implications of the public health crisis, is now the task before governments. Most Americans recognize social distancing, self-isolation and sheltering are necessary short-term measures to quell the spread of the deadly virus among the population, but if millions of working-class Americans continue to struggle to survive then reconciling the importance of public health with individual financial and economic health is going to get tougher.

The worldwide number of confirmed coronavirus cases is whiffing at 3 million and spans 185 countries. While more than 660,000 people have recovered from the respiratory infection COVID-19, which was first detected in Wuhan, China in late 2019, almost 200,000 people have lost their lives.

The United States boasts more than four times as many confirmed cases as any other country around the world, with New York state hit the hardest thus far. Confirmed cases in the US are close to reaching 1 million while the death toll is threatening to cross 50,000 before the end of April.

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