House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has finally left Washington to pay a little attention to her neglected constituents in San Fransisco.
After coming under harsh criticism from Democrats and Republicans for ignoring the burgeoning issues in her district, Pelosi carved out some time to listen to the concerns of those she is supposed to serve.
Coronavirus fears surging
The rising threat of coronavirus has prompted Pelosi to tour San Francisco in an effort to calm fears about a possible pandemic.
San Francisco’s famous Chinatown district has been experiencing a steep decline in tourism, and hysteria surrounding coronavirus is partly to blame for the slide.
Pelosi spoke to members of the media during her tour and said, “We want to be vigilant to what is out there in other places. We want to be careful about how we deal with it. But we do want to say to be people, ‘Come to Chinatown, we are careful safe, and come join us.”
Coronavirus has reached the United States and the consequences of that haven’t fully materialized yet, although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an ominous warning on Tuesday to “prepare for the expectation that this might be bad.”
Uncertainty plaguing response
According to the most recent CDC numbers, there are currently 57 confirmed cases of the illness in the United States, but more than 79,000 people have contracted the virus worldwide.
However, the real numbers on infections in the U.S. may be inaccurate, as the testing process has been found to be insufficiently reliable.
So far there have been tests conducted on 426 people, but there are many more who have been flown into the states and who may have slipped through the disease detection cracks. Most alarmingly, the illness has the potential to be passed from person to person even when no one is showing symptoms, making it even harder to track.
There are simply too many unknowns around the highly infectious virus. The CDC and President Trump have done their best to calm fears, but the entire world is on edge as the crisis grows.
While it is good to see Pelosi getting back to work and touring her district, she may not actually be helping the situation, as she continues to slam the Trump adminstration’s response to the threat the sickness poses.
It is time for Americans to be cautious, not carefree. Our politicians need to put together a measured response that will account for a range of variables. Only then can we worry about the economic impact of our response to coronavirus.