Trying to figure out how to multiquote, but haven’t gotten it down yet.
Pretty much, what I’d do has been said.
I’d believe in evidence-based medicine, to begin with.
I wouldn’t have fired the pandemic response team when I arrived in office. I have wondered if it’s possible that Trump may have been ignorant of past pandemics, like the 1918 flu, polio in the 1950s, and the extent to which AIDS was not contained due to Reagan’s inaction. I know he lived through the 50s and AIDS in the 80s, but he is ignorant of a lot of things you’d think he’d know.
I would have been reading my briefings, so I’d have known about the coronavirus when it was still just in China. I might have taken steps to stop incoming flights from China, or allowed only citziens and permanent residents to fly in, and then quarantined them-- but exactly what I would have done would have been based on the advice of…
All the experts in microbiology and medicine I would have pulled together, in addition the the existing experts on the pandemic response team-- who by the way, would not have been “sitting around,” but studying past pandemics, and current epidemics. I probably would have lent teams to areas, including areas in other countries, experiencing local outbreaks of whatever, for their edification.
Once my team was pulled together, I would have found a leader specifically for pandemic response who was not me. I would have stayed involved, and as the head of state, would have had to implement ideas, but would have followed the team’s advice. I would have remained responsible, but not in complete charge, if that makes sense, because this requires a very special type of expertise.
I would model any behavior I expected of the population, as much as possible, including masking, distancing, not shaking hands, getting tested, not traveling, and conferencing virtually when feasible.
I would allow myself to be featured in PSAs, albeit, not all of them.
I wouldn’t say stupid things, like “inject yourself with bleach,” or “Americans will get only American vaccines.”
I would not tell governors that state solutions were up to them. I would insist that the federal government, and the individual state governments, were on one team.