Previous disasters have seen Americans unify to confront threats to health and national safety. But the COVID-19 pandemic is different, observes sociologist Beth Redbird, who has been leading a daily survey of attitudes toward the health crisis.
This time, Redbird told The Guardian, the U.S. is not unifying in response:
“It has been a solidarity- and trust-destroying disaster. We usually see disasters as unifying. They bring us together, they unite us, they increase support for our neighbors, to help each other out. But while we see anecdotal stories of that in the press, we haven’t actually seen a lot of data supporting that that’s what’s going on.”