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We have failed at mitigating. We could have contained the virus much more effectively than we did, because almost every other developed nation has been able to do so. More realistic re-opening plans, broader adoption of mask-wearing, more widespread testing, more resources to (and more compliance with) contact tracing efforts - there were a host of tools at our disposal that other countries successfully used to reduce the virus burden, that we have failed to use.

We have most certainly failed in a spectacular way. We didn’t learn anything from the countries that were hit early - we *should* have - and the results clearly show that.

In Japan, virtually everyone is wearing masks and doing what their health experts recommend. The infection rate in Japan is 7 per million. The infection rate in the US is 400 per million.

Our disjointed, inconsistent, and ill-informed response is 100% to blame for the severity of COVID-19 in the US. Could we have stopped it? I don’t see how. Could we be in a much better position today if we had competent leadership? Absolutely.

Trump’s a dunce, and we are paying a significant price in lives and dollars for being so collectively stupid as a nation to have placed such a damaged imbecile in a position of such power.
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