If you feel despair about coronavirus ever going away, try and convert that feeling into being totally outraged that the government is failing the citizens of the U.S. so terribly. Many other countries have managed to get their act together and institute real quarantine, mask mandates, and offer financial support to people so they can stay home instead of spreading the virus. The U.S. doesn’t want to do that for so many reasons, some of which seem to be related to incompetence, but many of which seem to be related to the rich wanting to hold onto their money, even if hundreds of thousands of people die.
Many of us are already angry, but there is a contingent of people who just don’t understand that they deserve government provisions in a crisis. It is not only deserved, it is absolutely possible. Let’s take, for instance, what happens in South Korea when someone needs to be quarantined.
Writer @ChappellTracker shared a TikTok made by @heyimpeachy about their time in a government quarantine facility in that country. It’s a revelation.
This guy documented his stay at one of South Korea's government quarantine facilities. All I can say is America is living in a dark age. pic.twitter.com/aMfSCiLJtb— 𝕮𝖍𝖆𝖕𝖕𝖊𝖑𝖑 𝕰𝖑𝖑𝖎𝖘𝖔𝖓 ಠ_ಠ 2͎0͎2͎0͎ (@ChappellTracker) July 14, 2020
They wake up in a hotel room with a view:
Breakfast is left bagged outside his door:
Announcements are aired in multiple languages explaining quarantine:
He watches TV:
Teaches himself Thai:
Dinner is at six:
He puts his trash in the hall:
Works on music:
And it’s time for bed:
Can you imagine our government doing any one of these things? Most people in the comments could not, which is a sad commentary on how we view the people in charge of keeping us alive:
Interesting. I live in the US and have relatives I want to visit in Singapore too, when it’s safe! Looked this up and the govt website says you have to have a work pass and it costs $2000?— Mary (@quitecontrary_) July 15, 2020
it used to be covered by the government but they recently changed it after giving citizens and returning work pass holders about a full month to fly back— hotlaps (@SirHotLaps) July 16, 2020
which means 5x the money from taxes but oop that all goes to the military for a war they should've never started 🤷🏻♂️— unpaid antifa intern (@bleachsips) July 16, 2020
I caught covid in NY, didn’t know when I flew to Korea, they treated me in the hospital for free for 16 days.— labib rahman (@labibrahman) July 16, 2020
This is available to everyone in the country, regardless of nationality or immigration status (including illegal immigrants).
Navajo nation has been suffering without water for years and the pandemic has made the logistic a worse ordeal, it's awful.— 🖤マンバ🇵🇷☯️ (@manbarrican) July 17, 2020
There are a lot of different directions that the U.S. can go in the coming months and years, and it depends on the people demanding accountability and care from their elected officials. One of the first steps is realizing that we deserve more because so much more is possible.