Have we learned anything?

One of the few voices I trust in the national conversation about coronavirus belongs to Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Today, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases reminded Americans that we are NOT prepared to handle the increase in coronavirus cases.

According to NBC News,

“We’re going into a precarious situation,” Fauci said. Cold weather is forcing people indoors, cases are going up in all age groups, and holidays are likely to bring people together in groups — a combination he called “a bad recipe for a tough time ahead.”

Dr. Fauci believes a nationwide mask-wearing mandate is required, especially as that colder weather moves outdoor events, where there was at least some potential for social distancing, indoors. Gatherings indoors make extending the distances between people more challenging. This news comes as Americans acknowledge “pandemic fatigue.”

Flu season is knocking on the front door. Another round of coronavirus cases are, too. The leaders of Germany and France already have announced nationwide lockdowns.

America remains tragically divided on coronavirus. There’s no reason to expect President Trump would advocate for such a lockdown — and who knows how reckless he might become if he loses next week’s election — but even if he would agree to such a lockdown, how many Americans would actually comply?

Sadly, we’re going to read day after day about more deaths and more hospitalizations throughout the U.S. from coronavirus. We’re simply not ready to do what it takes — and many people are in situations in which they can’t — to ward of the pandemic.

The election will not solve America’s civic disengagement

Photo: Anthony Moretti 18July2016

Americans can’t be blamed for being excited for next Tuesday. While we might not know who won the presidential election when we go to bed that night, far too many of us are eager to see this election season end.

But the partisan divide will continue.

One candidate can’t fix it, and the other candidate has no interest in fixing it.

The irony is the left and the right are talking about the same issues, but they remain steadfast they’re correct in the positions they hold. Worse, they remain interested more in mocking the people who dare to disagree with them.

Pick your topic: Immigration? Guns? Abortion? Gay rights? Social justice? Police reform?

There’s no need to rehash the now familiar arguments emanating from the left and the right on these issues.

If you think a “Blue Wave” — and one is possible next week — will force the right into some kind of an act of contrition, you’re kidding yourself. Likewise, if you think another Republican surprise will compel the left to tone down their rhetorical blasts, you, again, are in denial.

My mother often reminded me “don’t air your dirty laundry for all to see.” Americans of all sorts of political stripes are doing just the opposite: They’re engaging in full throated vulgarity, boasting as they go.

We can hope, however fruitless such thoughts might be, that Americans see the need to be mature after November 3rd.

Yes, I know, good luck with that.