Bernie Sanders at a rally in St-Louis, on March 9. Lucas Jackson/Reuter

The Democratic race is over. A pandemic is taking place as we speak. Most of us are stuck inside, with no end in sight. Dr. Kathleen Neuzil, director of the Center for Vaccine Development at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine, said that millions of Americans could die, because of complications related to the COVID-19 virus. No, the country’s businesses won’t all reopen at the same time on Easter.

This is an unimaginable crisis that no one saw coming. When it all started in the US, we were still in a middle of the Democratic Party nomination contest even though Joe Biden pretty much sealed the deal with big wins on March 3rd, during Super Tuesday. Biden now has a margin of 300 delegates over Biden; Sanders would need to win 63% of the remaining delegates to secure the nomination.

Biden and Sanders are the only two candidates remaining in this contest. The independent senator from Vermont had a great run, but it is now time to give up. Just like in 2016, if he keeps going and continues to attack Biden, he will just be dividing the Democratic Party. The only thing to do is to rally behind the frontrunner to make sure Trump isn’t president for another 4 years.

People only pray that the world comes back to normal soon.

Sanders campaign team recently said that if there was a debate next month (it will never happen), their candidate would participate. According to the schedule, the next debate on the list would be held in New York City.

The last debate between the two candidates took place on March 15 and the coronavirus took most of the attention.

Biden and Sanders in the last Democratic Party debate, on March 15. Erin Schaff/The New York Times

As of March 26, there are over 37,000 coronavirus cases in the Big Apple (80 000 cases all over the US). Cases and deaths are multiplying at a staggering rate in the largest city in the country. Across the country, there are over a thousand deaths.

Experts are saying that NYC will soon become the virus epicentre of the world. The US is already the country with most cases, surpassing Italy and China. The situation is more than critical, medical crews need more ventilators. How dare Sanders say he would participate in a NYC debate next month.

What Bernie is doing right now is quite disrespectful. The political revolution that was so expected by the left didn’t happen. That doesn’t mean that it won’t change the Democratic Party policies in the long run.

If the situation gets worse in the next weeks, there should also be talks to postpone the general election, which is set for November 2020. There are bigger things than politics at this moment. Biden shows himself to have more skills and better leadership than Trump.

“I think we should get on with this”, said Biden this week. He is totally right and this is not about him, it is about all Americans that are stressing about what is yet to happen.

With the outbreak, neither Biden nor Sanders are physically on the campaign trail. They are both at an age that is considered part of the risk population. Biden is now 77 years old and Sanders a year older.

The two politicians are staying away from large crowds, as most humans should right now (especially the youth; not to contaminate people with underlying health issues).

Previously, on the campaign trail, Biden had been struggling in debates or when it came time to deliver speeches. But the president is far worse.

Trump is not in control of the situation. He is improvising and not listening to experts around him. It is not a surprise coming from someone who has never been a huge fan of science (the man never believed in climate change and looked directly at a solar eclipse). Trump is not taking the situation seriously enough; since the virus started appearing on American soil. A few days ago he even said “America will, again, and soon, be open for business”. He wants the churches across the country to be jam-packed on Easter Sunday.

Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, and National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director, Dr. Anthony Fauci, listening Trump during a coronavirus briefing, on March 20. The Washington Post via Getty Images

He also said, only a few weeks ago, that the virus was a big hoax and that nobody had anything to worry about. Another big fat lie that has resulted in deaths that may have been avoided if decisions were taken earlier.

Graduated with a masters degree in politics from the University of Quebec in Montreal. Human rights, LGBT issues, sports and music. Twitter: @OlivierPilon

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