This is a timeline of how we got here and identifies the reasons for our massive failures compared to other countries. The timeline starts with the George W. Bush administration. It seems that while on vacation, President Bush read a popular book on the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic. It freaked him out and lead him to launch a major effort of planning and pandemic preparedness. A very detailed “playbook” for the response of the federal government was prepared. A playbook, that in the event, was largely ignored.
A major thread in this timeline is “health communication.” Not just Trump but other leaders come in for some serious criticism. Bill DiBlasio gets a particularly hard thumping.
Trump supporters will immediately scoff because, you know, the New York Times is “fake news.” I recommend you get over that. Watch. And learn something. It won’t hurt.