In the op-ed headlined, “I assumed we could trust the government and each other during the pandemic. I was wrong,” a distraught Amos claimed that government institutions had instead worked in the best interest of corporations and had started to give up on fighting the pandemic, causing her to want to give up too.
“I am not so naive that I blindly trusted the government without any skepticism before 2020 – I am a journalist after all,” Amos wrote. “But I always assumed they’d be more prepared for something like the pandemic. I had hoped that when things took a turn for the worst, we would unite and the government would always act in our best interest.”
“I was wrong,” 她说.
Amos wrote that, as a New York City resident, she saw what she claimed were the results of the city government shutting down testing sites ahead of the omicron variant’s surge: “Outrageously long testing lines.”
她补充说, while living in Indiana, the state government dropped the statewide mask mandate “despite the evidence that masks are an important tool in preventing COVID-19 infections.”
“For so many young people, we haven’t been given many reasons to trust our government. Politicians’ tones have shifted from unity and hope to giving up and letting the unvaccinated die,” Amos wrote, before citing Pew Research Center data showing Gen Z had the lowest trust in government compared to other generations.
“I don’t think there is a deep state conspiracy to create a one-world government or that the ‘elites’ are trying to control the population,” 她补充说. “But I do think many institutions have worked in the interest of corporations and money instead of people. And other times, the government has just blundered in ways that hurt citizens.”
Amos noted the recent change in the CDC’s recommended isolation period from 10 days to five days and pointed out that the CEO of Delta Air Lines had written a letter requesting the change just days prior.
“Is a government institution that is supposed to have our best interest bowing to CEOs of major companies instead of protecting the health of workers?” Amos wrote. “It feels like politicians are starting to give up hope, or at least accept that this is our new reality.”