What Do We Mean When We Talk About “Fault” in Relation to the Corona Virus?

“They would like to have the people come off,” he said. “I would like to have the people stay. I told them to make the final decision. I would rather — because I like the numbers being where they are. I don’t need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn’t our fault. And it wasn’t the fault of the people on the ship either. OK? It wasn’t their fault, either. And they are mostly Americans.”

Americans, including our President, are so focused on individual responsibility for health outcomes of any kind, that we can't help but reach for "fault" talk even when discussing an epidemic or pandemic.

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  1. Important, but why including Trump. It seems on the contrary, that he has been blamed by others, showing sings stating:
    ” We need a vaccine against Trump ”
    Yet, from his part, he hasn’t blamed no one. On the contrary, concerning that ship stuck on shore, he said:
    ” I don’t need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn’t our fault. And it wasn’t the fault of the people on the ship either. OK? It wasn’t their fault, either. And they are mostly Americans”
    So, according to him, it is no body to be blamed here . But the situation itself.
    Moreover, when it comes to allegations against the C.D.C, he was rejecting any accusation, and protecting them, here I quote:
    ” Mr. Trump rejected any suggestion that the C.D.C. had not acted aggressively enough, presenting officials to reporters to describe how they quickly moved to develop a diagnostic test when China reported its own outbreak. “They are incredible people,” he said of the scientists, “and honestly you should be giving them tremendous credit. They have done a tremendous job.””
    So, what is it all this?
    Thanks

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