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instead of taking all the information and how so many experts from the beginning had everything so wrong, this has all become a blame Trump thing, sad.

That's because we've failed so badly in our response. The fact that many experts made mistakes in January and February and March - when this was still a largely unknown and novel disease - is understandable. The fact that we've made so many of our mistakes in the later months - April, May, and June - when we knew more about the disease and what should be done in response to it is inexcusable.

As I mentioned in the other thread, all of the other industrialized nations that got hit badly with the virus early on have managed to avoid the fate that has befallen the U.S. That's because they paid attention to what the experts had learned. So they locked down, devoted resources to increasing testing, adhered diligently to social distancing and mask-wearing, allocated sufficient resources to contact tracing, and a host of other measures. That way, when they started to come out of lockdown and re-open their economy and travel, they had the rate of infection trending downwards and had the resources in place to prevent uncontrolled spikes upward from resuming.

The U.S. did not. In much of the country, we skipped the step of actually having in place the things we needed to have in order to re-open without viral resurgence - waiting until infection rates were dropping, until adequate testing resources were in place so that people didn't need to wait hours at a time for tests, widespread adherence to social distancing and mask wearing, and the like. So we reopened without those things, and now we have massive increases in infections (and over the next few weeks, death).

So yeah - at the beginning of the year, everyone was still figuring out what this thing was and how to fight it. It's not the beginning of the year anymore, and we still have widespread failures in this country. And those failures aren't because of things that experts got wrong in the spring any more - they're caused by things that we have failed to do since then.

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