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How did it happen? America's unique failure to control coronavirus

How prioritising individualism, govt missteps hindered Covid-19 control in US

Coronavirus | Coronavirus Tests | United States

David Leonhardt | NYT 

Nearly every country has struggled to contain the coronavirus and made mistakes along the way. China committed the first major failure, silencing doctors who tried to raise alarms about the virus and allowing it to escape from Wuhan. Much of Europe went next, failing to avoid enormous outbreaks. Today, many countries — Japan, Canada, France, Australia and more — are coping with new increases in cases after reopening parts of society. Yet even with all of these problems, one country stands alone, as the only affluent nation to have suffered a severe, sustained outbreak ...

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First Published: Fri, August 07 2020. 11:19 IST