I agree with you. Our government has not been forthright with their data. There have also been significant shortcomings in regards to testing and an overall lacking of a consistent strategy in combating the virus. However what we do have is freedom of speech and freedom of information. This is most clearly illustrated in the fact that we can have, on the same stage, the president saying one thing and the director of the NIAID saying something completely contradictory. Thankfully we have access to information beyond what has been deemed “appropriate” by the ruling party. In countries like China anyone outspoken or contradictory to the party narrative would be quickly thrown into prison or “re-education” camps.