“For each new morning with its light, for rest and shelter of the night, for health and food, for love and friends, for everything thy goodness sends.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
COVID-19 recovery for our global society seems out of our grasp. So far, in the USA, there are almost 1.5 million cases and 86,000 deaths. Some sources suggest these numbers are too low. Harvard statistician, Rafael Irizarry, opines that the death rate is somewhere between 100,000 and 110,000. Those numbers will climb. Many states, including Connecticut, will be open for business on May 20. The economic pandemic has resulted in global unemployment, hence the rush to open our business and industrial sectors. We may regret this; only time will tell. However, rebuilding our economy by building new technologies, new infrastructures, remote working, video conferencing, e-commerce, reduced air travel and a host of other changes need our attention. Our United States must begin to show its muscle and tenacity in its leading role. We may even save our planet for a more sustainable future.
COVID-19 requires the rapid response of all medical science can give it and this entails massive resources. Individuals and health systems have been threatened but enjoy the grateful and deserved appreciation and thanks of its citizens. The social impact of COVID-19 is yet to be fully felt, but one can only imagine how severe it will be; only the months and years ahead will tell us, but the planning must be a constant.
One clear indicator of the impact of the COVID-19 is the abject failure of our federal government to respond quickly and demonstrably to the needs of the states. COVID-19 represents an opportunity for a strategic opportunity to bring together the massive health needs of the many states. The states were granted responsibility by our forefathers to manage public health and safety. To Connecticut’s benefit, Gov. Ned Lamont accepted this obligation with a resounding positive impact. If only Washington, reaching back to January, 2020, had done the right things in responding to the pandemic, the nation and Connecticut would have been much better off, though much credit must go to Dr. Anthony Fauci who tells us as it is.
As Emerson said, each morning sheds a new light. The months ahead will show our sustenance.
Richard L. Judd is President Emeritus of Central Connecticut State University