The fight against the spread of Covid-19 has been likened to a war, albeit a strangely quiet and lonely one.
Instead of attacking our enemy head-on, loudly, and with all of the advanced capabilities of the United States, we are instead playing a game of keep away. The virus wants to spread among the population, feeding voraciously on the lungs of the infected. The only way to stop this contagious critter is to hide from it, so that’s what we’re doing.
Americans are staying indoors, and preparing to do so for at least a week or three while we weaponize the medical industry to tackle this invisible beast.
But there is a roll to play in all of this for the American military as well, and President Trump is getting started early on that.
President Donald Trump on Sunday announced that he has activated the National Guard in California, New York and Washington state in order to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The administration emphasized that the deployment of guard members is not martial law.
The state governors will retain command of the National Guard, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency will cover all costs of the missions to respond to the virus outbreak.
“We’re dealing also with other states. These states have been hit the hardest,” the president said during a White House press briefing.
The clarification regarding “martial law” was likely made to combat bizarre conspiracy theories that have been floating around online since the beginning of the coronavirus chaos.