6 ways the Trump administration has already botched responding to the coronavirus
Jake LahutFeb 28, 2020, 02:48 IST
U.S. President Trump holds news conference on the coronavirus outbreak at the White House in Washington
Basic preparedness for a pandemic in the United States has been hampered by the Trump administration's handling of key agencies, faulty testing kits and mistakes in the quarantine process.
Switzerland is able to conduct 1,000 coronavirus tests a day. The US has so far only conducted 445 total, making it hard to assess the full scope of potential US infection. One patient in California waited days to be tested.
The CDC has warned that the spread of the virus to the U.S. may be "inevitable," with California reporting Thursday that 8,400 people in the state are being monitored.
As the coronavirus spreads across the globe, the Trump administration has hampered the United States' response through blunders and cuts to public health.
In a meandering press conference yesterday, President Donald Trump tried to assuage fears and calm the markets by downplaying the severity of the illness, officially known as COVID-19, that has already killed more than 2,800 people worldwide and infected over 82,000, most of whom are in China.
These are six ways the Trump administration has bungled preparedness for a pandemic and its response to the outbreak.