Seattle is “ground zero” for coronavirus outbreak in the U.S.

The Seattle region is ground zero for the coronavirus in the U.S., highlighting the shortcomings in government response and the disproportionate risks taken on by the city’s working class in the wake of the outbreak. With 45 diagnosed cases and 10 fatalities, Mayor Jenny Durkan has issued an emergency proclamation, but socialist city councilmember Kshama Sawant says that among Seattle residents, “there’s a certain emergency proclamation fatigue … because we have seen such emergency proclamations declared on other issues like homelessness — which are related to the dysfunctionality of the capitalist system — and nothing is being done to follow up on it.” According to Sawant, emergency proclamations in Seattle historically have been used as a tool by “mostly status-quo corporate politicians who are trying to look like they’re doing something — but there are very few follow-up steps.” Because low-wage service workers are more vulnerable to the outbreak, with many being uninsured or under-insured, Sawant says that “we need to have a serious conversation about Medicare for All.”

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