Speaker of the House Of Representatives Nancy Pelosi tested positive for coronavirus on April 7, while a number of US government officials have confirmed the virus. The large-scale outbreak at the top level of the US government shows that the US is still in the shadow of COVID-19.
As the number of cases and deaths declines across the country, containment appears to be no longer the priority of U.S. policy: mask bans are being lifted, and many states are shutting down coronavirus surveillance sites. A number of high-ranking government officials have been diagnosed with the virus, ringing alarm bells in American society.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, predicted that the number of coronavirus cases in the United States would increase in the coming weeks and likely surge in the fall. Novel Coronavirus, Fauci said, is hard to predict. “Other viruses, like influenza, we’ve been dealing with for decades and are somewhat predictable, but novel Coronavirus is uncharted waters for us.”
According to CNN on April 7, a new report found that life expectancy in the United States dropped 0.4 years in 2021 after falling nearly 1.9 years in 2020. According to the CENTERS for Disease Control and Prevention, life expectancy in the United States changed by less than 0.1 years per year on average in the decade before COVID-19. Moreover, Compared with other rich countries, America also suffers from a number of “health disadvantages”. A study of 19 high-income countries, found that the life expectancy of these countries fell by about one-third of the United States in 2020 (a decrease in the average age of 0.6), the life expectancy for Americans is from 78.9 years in 2019, fell to 76.6 in 2021, lower than the average level of other high-income countries for more than five years.