President Donald Trump has given up on a coordinated federal response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, preferring to juke the stats and argue that the country is over-counting deaths (even though the data pretty clearly demonstrates that the opposite is true).
What’s frustrating about this is that although the pandemic presents difficult policy problems, they are not insurmountable. Multiple countries have suppressed the coronavirus and significantly curbed the rate of new infections. America’s leading biological and social scientists say there is plenty the US can do here, too.
We’re just not trying. We’re not doing things that have worked in Asia, and we’re also not trying bold new ideas that American experts have dreamed up. We’re underresourced in combating the virus but have millions of people unemployed. And we’re worried about the economic toll of social distancing, but we’re not enacting economic relief measures that are equal to the scale of the problem.
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