January 20, 2021. 8:00 PM EST.
The screen fades from black. The president stares intently at the camera. He takes a deep breath and lets it out with an audible sigh.
My fellow Americans, the time for games is over. It’s time to stop pointing fingers—at politicians, at medical institutions, at other countries. We can’t change the past, we need to focus on changing the future. We must do better.
We face a disease like none we’ve ever encountered before. For most of us, Covid-19 is a relatively minor illness—the first time around. However subsequent infections are shown to build on damage from prior infections, increasing the disability and fatality rate in any individual each time they are infected. It is now proven that the antibodies developed from previous infections and the various vaccines soon coming to market fade rapidly over a period of three to five months, leaving the immune again susceptible.
We now have two clear variations of Covid-19 circling the globe. Variant A appears to be more contagious but less damaging to internal organs. Variant B, with a seventeen percent hospitalization rate, is straining our medical system beyond its ability to cope.
We don’t yet know how to cure this disease, but we know how to slow transmission. Data from Europe and Asia show conclusively that wearing a mask and social distancing dramatically reduces or even stops the rate of transmission. While our numbers have continued to climb, twenty-three countries are now virus-free since November.
The requirement to wear a mask is not an infringement on your personal liberties. Closure of indoor entertainment venues is not governmental overreach. These are the minimum steps necessary to slow the spread of Covid-19 and stop the needless death-toll we’ve resigned ourselves to accept.
America is at a crossroads. We can acknowledge the 623,000 deaths since last March with a vow to turn the pandemic around now, or we can stay the course and slowly die out.
Americans must now, finally, show the maturity to endure some personal discomfort, not to help themselves, but to help the nation as a whole. We can no longer operate as individual people, or individual states, or political parties. We must be one nation, under God.
Effective immediately, we will all wear masks in public. Effective immediately, indoor spaces including restaurant dining rooms, bars, theaters and shopping malls will be shutdown. And effective immediately, I’m suspending all international travel leaving the United States. Our friends and allies have spoken clearly; we’re not wanted anywhere in the world.
When I was a teen, my mother told me to take my medicine without complaint. It’s what adults do when they want to heal. If we take seriously the task of ending the chain of transmission, like many of our neighbors, we can eradicate Covid 19 in the United States by June.
It’s up to all citizens to participate in this effort. Without total cooperation, we will fail. This nonsense will continue until we’re ready to grow up.
God bless America. We need it.
The screen fades to black.