The Unit­ed States now has the high­est num­ber of coro­n­avirus infec­tions of any nation on the plan­et, The New York Times reports. Johns Hop­kins’ track­er agrees. We now know for sure that our country’s response to the pan­dem­ic is a spec­tac­u­lar fail­ure that has been exac­er­bat­ed by an incom­pe­tent pres­i­dent who spent years sab­o­tag­ing the government’s abil­i­ty to respond to the cur­rent cri­sis.

The World Health Orga­ni­za­tion may soon declare that the US is the new epi­cen­ter of the coro­n­avirus pan­dem­ic. This out­come was nev­er pre­de­ter­mined; even a Texas-based gro­cery chain out­smart­ed the US gov­ern­ment with its own prepa­ra­tions for the dis­as­ter by fol­low­ing the obvi­ous warn­ing signs.

As of March 26th, more than 1,000 peo­ple have died in the US, and the spread of the virus con­tin­ues to accel­er­ate across the coun­try.

Increase over yes­ter­day in detect­ed coro­n­avirus cas­es. Hope­ful­ly, group­ing things by region helps even out dis­par­i­ties in test­ing rates.South: +32%Northeast (exclud­ing NY): +30%Midwest: +27%West (exclud­ing CA & WA): +23%New York: +20%California: +20%Washington: +11%

— Nate Sil­ver (@NateSilver538) March 25, 2020

Gov­er­nors faced with mount­ing infec­tions and deaths are beg­ging for help, espe­cial­ly in New York, where cas­es are expect­ed to over­whelm hos­pi­tals with­in days. Mean­while, Pres­i­dent Trump has sug­gest­ed the coun­try ought to get back to work by East­er, the gov­er­nor of Mis­sis­sip­pi is over­turn­ing social restric­tions by local offi­cials, and the lieu­tenant gov­er­nor of Texas sug­gests our grand­par­ents ought to die to restart the econ­o­my. Amer­i­ca has failed to mount a coor­di­nat­ed and deci­sive response to save itself.

We don’t need to know how bad it’s going to get to see America’s unique fail­ure to act. Future gen­er­a­tions can look to the his­to­ry we’ve already made as a warn­ing about what not to do when faced with an out­break.

Pres­i­dent Trump once said that when he was elect­ed we would win so much that we’d be sick of win­ning. As Amer­i­ca leads the world in infec­tions, we’re not sick of win­ning — we’re sick from it.

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