These are nurses at Mount Sinai hospital in downtown Manhattan, New York city. The hospital has run out of protective gear to prevent infection from Coronavirus and so nurses are using garbage bags instead. This is happening in the richest city of the richest country in the world.
What would Trump say…? Oh I remember, ‘what a shithole country’
“The pandemic is a trigger event. In this sense, it is comparable to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in June 1914, which set into motion the chain of events that culminated in the outbreak of World War I five weeks later, in August 1914. The assassination did no more than determine the date of the war’s outbreak. But the war itself—that is, the explosion of the global contradictions of capitalist national rivalries and the economics of imperialism—was inevitable.
The pandemic bears the same relationship to the present crisis. No doubt, the pandemic, as a biological phenomenon, poses an immense challenge to society. But the possibility, even the inevitability of such a contagion, has been recognized for a long time. The historical character of this event arises out of the response to the pandemic, the manner in which it has so completely exposed the comprehensive failure of the existing society: the ignorance and inhumanity of its political leaders, the corruption and venality of its ruling class, the incompetence of its institutions, and the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of its phony media-created heroes and even phonier values.
Now the pandemic will at some point end. But even after the virulence of the pandemic recedes, when people emerge from isolation, there will be no going back to what existed before. The illusions that have persisted for so long have been shattered, in the same way that they were shattered by World War I. What has occurred cannot be undone.
The lives that have been lost as the result of the gross absence of preparation, which is the result of the subordination of human need to private profit, will not be forgotten. The change in consciousness is already underway. People are cheering health care workers, not bankers. There is not going to be a return to the status quo ante. Millions of people all over the world, having passed through this uniquely global experience, will perceive and think about reality in a different way.
In brief, capitalism has once again become a dirty word. This crisis will intensify and accelerate a global political crisis. “
Where is the 100 million dollars worth of protective equipment Trump has just promised to send to assist Italy going to materialise from given the shocking shortages in the US.