How the US and Italy Traded Places on Coronavirus

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Dr. Leana Wen explains on CNN this morning why the United States is the only wealthy country experiencing an out of control pandemic right now: “Other countries they were able to essentially crush the curve, they didn’t just aim to flatten the curve, they crushed it. So when they reopened there were so few cases that they were able to identify new cases and rein it in before there is an outbreak that turns into an epidemic without people realizing it. But unfortunately in this country we haven’t done that. We’ve reopened against this backdrop of surging infection anyway and, at this point, we are trying all these precision tools, if you will, we are trying things like closing down bars and closing down restaurants but I am not sure that’s going to be enough. What we may need are these stay-at-home orders again.”

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