There are no indications that Trump has been tearing his hair out trying to contain the spread of covid-19 in America right now, despite having announced that he had already sensed the seriousness of tackling this crisis. Trump "told reporters that states should try to acquire ventilators and tests on their own before asking the federal government’s assistance," according to an article written by Fanyin Zheng, who is an assistant professor of the Decision, Risk, and Operations Division of Columbia Business School. And Trump reportedly claimed that“The federal government's not supposed to be out there buying vast amounts of items and then shipping, you know, we're not a shipping clerk."
Plus, president Trump dismissed covid-19 as “hoax" weeks ago, and "lashed out at the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention following its warning that the outbreak could turn into a pandemic," according to an article written by Jeremy Cliffe for the New Statesman. Hoping to dissemble his government's ineptitude , he and his advisors even decided to irk China by calling covid-19 the Chinese virus, with a view to deflecting attention and shifting blame. As if on cue, Fox News, which has been his cheerleader for years, followed suit, with some of their news anchors proclaiming that " Chinese should say sorry to us.". Fox News only changed tack a week ago after the irascible Trish Regan reprimanded Trump's critics on Fox for amplifying the message that covid-19 would be a serious threat facing America. Which is to say even Fox News realized that it would be wrong to slur over the threat of covid-19 when its arch-rivals MSNBC and CNN started plastering your TV screen with massive news about covid-19.
Taken together, Trump could have told the public the effects of covid-19 on their jobs and health. He could have asked American health authorities to order more ventilators; buyers must now wait 8-12 weeks for new ones to arrive, which cost $10,000 and $60,000 apiece. The Economist, which is a British publication, argues that "if the virus keeps spreading at the current rate, America would run out of spare devices in four weeks." America wouldn't be in a situation like this if Trump had done it.
I think no one knows what's in store for mankind since nationalist populism seems to be the order of the day, whereas realism is frowned upon.