The national response to this pandemic has been extraordinarily poor.
Locally, my state of Washington has been fortunate in its governor and the deep knowledge residing in the UW and our life sciences industry here. Wisdom and the willingness to listen and act expeditiously has saved countless lives here
As we learn more about the virus and its ability to lurk in an enormous number of asymptomatic people, it is increasingly clear that it is going to be among us for the foreseeable future. This is an American epidemic, and the response to it should be an American one. Instead, we have a full on political approach to it, an approach that has nothing to do with actually dealing with the problem but instead sows division, confusion, and inevitably aids the virus in its ability to spread.
We need a commission to assess our response and identify areas of weakness and make it possible to plan and act rationally in the future. Let the chips fall where they may. Failure to establish this commission would only be another symptom of the division which has crippled our ability to battle the Coronavirus.