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Real question: what would have a non-Trump President have done better for pandemic crisis management?

Assume that President Bartlett or someone infallible was elected, not who our real choices were.

Most of the damage has been dealt at a local and state level.

(I'm not a Trump supporter by any interpretation. I was recently asked a version of this question, and didn't have a great answer. Most of America's pandemic issues here are aggravated by but not caused by who is president, IMO. Change my mind, I guess?).

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@rizzn I don't live in the US, but wilfully denying Covid when he knew about the dangers (re. Bob Woodward) and allowing its exponential rise is not a good look. I can't think of anyone worse to be president at such a time (except maybe his fanboy Bolsanaro)

@safenetwork There are many things that he's done that are awful, but from the inside looking out, I see a lot of awful decisions regarding lockdowns and masks and crisis communication at the municipal and state levels that far outweigh the national, and I'm not sure what any President could have done differently to fix that.

@rizzn I'd say good start would be to not deny it from the beginning and instead of focusing on nationalistic goals ("it's us against China") focus on actually leading international response based on the most current scientific research (instead of "it's us against WHO...").

@threed Fair. I'm focused on something that would have had an impact on the death count.

NY State has a nearly 2x per-capita death rate from COVID than Peru, a nation which leads the international leaderboard on per capita deaths.

I'd say that our statism failed us at a regional level rather than a national one, but maybe I'm wrong.

@rizzn I think the quick response was what helped the most. I have experience from non-US country where really early on (February-ish) everyone was getting a mask and everyone was *making* a mask for each other (i.e. both my grandmas were sewing masks for all neighbors). This worked really well for multiple months.

Then everyone was like "we don't need to wear masks, it limits our freedoms and covid isn't affecting us"... and so now the country has one of the highest numbers of new cases.

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