Caught Napping by Coronavirus

Despite ample experience the past 20 years with viral pathogens, the one that finally spread across the U.S.—SARS-Cov-2—has produced panic, confusion, improvisation, damage and death.

On Sunday, Surgeon General Jerome Adams described the coming weeks’ experience with coronavirus as “our Pearl Harbor moment.” Dr. Adams meant mortalities, but more relevant to this stark reality is that Pearl Harbor sits in America’s historical awareness as the epitome of unpreparedness for a known external threat.

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