Coronavirus: The US Won’t Learn Its Lesson from the Rest of the World

For nations who had to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic before the United States, they’ve had to learn hard lessons that can serve as a roadmap for our own response. For instance,

Why This Matters: Compared to the rest of the world, the United States has had a poor federal response to coronavirus. It’s been disjointed and erratic and we haven’t looked to other nations for best practices which is a missed opportunity.

But most concerning of all? As CNN reported, if the United States had implemented social distancing policies just a week sooner, it could have prevented more than half the number of coronavirus deaths and infections, according to new research from Columbia University. Meanwhile, our coronavirus testing is still ” a mess” and the town that’s had the most successful testing so far has been a small, remote enclave in Northern California.

Go Deeper: Here’s a look at how COVID-19 cases topped 5 million worldwide. Yesterday, the world saw the highest daily increase in cases so far.

FYI: As USA Today wrote, coronavirus “does not spread easily” by touching surfaces or objects, CDC now says. But it’s still possible.

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