COVID-19 has highlighted a fundamental difference between Australia and the US.

Of the 2.7 million cases of coronavirus in the world, close to 900,000 are coming out of the United States.

They’ve lost more than 49,000 people, more than any country in the world, with New York alone recording hundreds of deaths a day.

And yet President Donald Trump has applauded steps taken by a handful of Republican-led US states, including Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee, to start reopening their economies despite a potential fresh surge of coronavirus infections.

“Our country is starting to OPEN FOR BUSINESS again,” the 73-year-old wrote on Twitter this week.

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Trump’s America is in chaos right now, with the President constantly confusing his nation with factually incorrect, emotionally reactive and sometimes just plain scary declarations as the country battles a health and economic calamity.

But by far the most concerning Trump-ism right now are his messages of support to those states who want to start reopening – which would involve breaking laws that his government have put in place to protect the country from the virus.


He has repeatedly said in his daily briefings he doesn’t think protests against stay-at-home-orders are putting people at risk of spreading or getting COVID-19 – when all signs point to the fact that’s exactly how the disease spreads: when it’s given large groups of people to jump between.


Here in Australia, the very reason our government is starting to talk about easing restrictions is because of our collective ability in recent weeks to follow the rules and the direction of our government.

As we flatten our curve, America’s continues to soar.



Of course, we have sections of the population who don’t agree with the government’s strict measures. We also have a small number of people who have threatened to protest.

But the reason we are where we are is because the vast majority of us have followed the directions we’ve been given. In fact, we’ve even surpassed the government’s expectations.

In the US, while the protests against lockdown laws could be dismissed as involving only a relative few, their demonstrations are large enough to risk regional escalation of the virus in the places they are gathering. Even more worryingly, their anger is working.

Georgia, South Carolina and several other southern states have already begun reopening their economies, despite experts pleading with them about the possible fatal consequences.

Here are just some of the signs being held in protests across America right now.

Protest Against Coronavirus Related Regulations in Albany, US
While some protestors are sticking to the rules and protesting from their cars, others are gathering in groups on the street. Image: Michael Brochstein/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty.
Protest Against Coronavirus Related Regulations in Albany, US
Protesters are concerned that their constitutional rights and freedom are being curtailed in the fight to contain the pandemic. Image: Michael Brochstein/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty.
Protest Against Coronavirus Related Regulations in Albany, US
While organisers claimed the protests are grassroots movements, some groups have received funding from conservative donors. Image: Michael Brochstein/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty.
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While there are Australians who don't agree with the rules, we are yet to see any protests of this kind. Image: Karla Ann Cote/NurPhoto via Getty Images.
New York protest
New York is America's COVID-19 epicentre, recording hundreds of deaths a day. Image: Karla Ann Cote/NurPhoto via Getty.
Protest Against Coronavirus Related Regulations in Albany, US
Government health expert Dr Anthony Fauci says reopening too soon will backfire on the states. Image: Michael Brochstein/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty.
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The protesters are a small dangerous group. Last week 60 per cent of Americans told an NBC poll they "should social distance for as long as is needed." Image: Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty.
Demonstrators Protests At Texas State Capitol Against Governor's Stay At Home Order
Trump has been fuelling the protests, peddling dangerous misinformation. Image: Sergio Flores/Getty.
One of the main concerns is the economy, with some even believing the shutdowns are part of a wider plan to undermine and hurt Trump's election prospects. Image: Karla Ann Cote/NurPhoto via Getty.

The protests have led to a number of counter protests, with healthcare professionals also taking to the streets to stand in front of protesters - holding signs reminding people why shutdown measures are so important.

With calls of "people over profit," "stop the spread," and "we work sick you get sick," it's made for some searing scenes across America in recent days.

One protester even leaned out of her car window, wearing an American flag T-shirt, holding a placard that read “land of the free" to yell at a healthcare worker in scrubs: “This is a free country. This is the land of the free. Go to China!”


Never have we been luckier to be in Australia.

Yes we have disgruntled people here - every country does - but we recorded as a nation just 12 new cases of coronavirus overnight, and could be mere weeks away from getting some of our freedoms back, safely.

By taking to the streets while the virus is still running rampant, this small group of protesters in America will quite possibly jeopardise their entire country's chances of getting a hold on this pandemic.

And their President is only adding to the confusion.

Feature image: Getty.