Politics is Not Going to Get U.S. Out of This Pandemic Wildfire

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Health Editor’s Note: Mr. Barry is a professor at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the author of “The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History.”

Pandemic Could Get Much, Much Worse. We Must Act Now.

By /Opinion New York Times

When you mix science and politics, you get politics. With the coronavirus, the United States has proved politics hasn’t worked. If we are to fully reopen both the economy and schools safely — which can be done — we have to return to science.

To understand just how bad things are in the United States and, more important, what can be done about it requires comparison. At this writing, Italy, once the poster child of coronavirus devastation and with a population twice that of Texas, has recently averaged about 200 new cases a day when Texas has had over 9,000. Germany, with a population four times that of Florida, has had fewer than 400 new cases a day. On Sunday, Florida reported over 15,300, the highest single-day total of any state.

The White House says the country has to learn to live with the virus. That’s one thing if new cases occurred at the rates in Italy or Germany, not to mention South Korea or Australia or Vietnam (which so far has zero deaths). It’s another thing when the United States has the highest growth rate of new cases in the world, ahead even of Brazil.

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  1. Rpm1945, Masks do cut down on the airborne transmission of coronavirus by stopping droplets from entering the air. Cotton masks, surgical masks, do not reduce oxygen levels. They are required to be worn in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. You can find several videos on youtube that show how masks deter the spread of droplets from the mouth and nose.

  2. The work of those in service at this time and place, is to convince very young children to wear a mask and wash your hands.
    And by very young children, I do not mean age defined by revolutions of the sun since birth.

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