H1N1 was originally known as the Spanish Flu when it infected the United States in 1918, causing 675,000 deaths (which, adjusted to today’s larger population, would be the equivalent of TWO MILLION deaths).
When it returned in 2009, in Obama’s first year, he acted immediately to identify, isolate and contain, and it barely made a ripple. Obama, newly inaugurated and in his first year, was faced with turning around the massive economic collapse he inherited from Bush and two wars resulting from Bush’s failures to connect dots and understand intelligence. Obama did it all. Stopped the H1N1 in its tracks AND successfully reversed the steady job losses and turned them into a record number of consecutive months of job gains while tripling the stock market.
Five years later, in 2014, when Ebola hit, 11 cases made it to the U.S. and two people died. Again, Obama acted immediately to isolate and contain and stopped it. In 2014 Trump called on Obama to resign because of the two deaths. And then there was Zika. Prompt action, the creation of a specialized Pandemic Response Unit, and Obama never faltered in his pursuit of economic prosperity.
Now in 2020, after Trump eliminated the Pandemic Response Unit that Obama created and ignored the pandemic until it exploded out of control, the possibility of isolation and containment are long gone, the markets have collapsed, unemployment is exploding, and Trump — the one who failed to take action when action was possible — is making excuses and says he takes “no responsibility.”