GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Clinical support technician Douglas Condie extracts viruses from swab samples so that the genetic structure of a virus can be analysed and identified in the coronavirus testing laboratory at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, on February 19, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jane Barlow - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

We may be at a pivotal point with COVID-19

There are now more than 13,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S.  That’s up 40% in one day.

And according to a new analysis, right now, this country could be at a pivotal point where we find out if we’re going to go the direction of countries that have done a good job containing the virus, like South Korea or if we’ll go the route of Italy.

So far, the countries that have done the best job containing the spread have used four measures:  Easy access to testing, contact tracing, clear science-based messaging, and a commitment to social distancing and self-isolating.

The U.S. has been in catch-up mode on testing and, as a result, is also lagging in contact tracing.  The science-based messaging was muddled at first but has been quite a bit clearer lately.

So, basically, that leaves social distancing and self-isolating.  It’s the one thing that all of us have personal control of and can contribute to the battle. 

And since Italy’s death toll from the virus just passed China’s . . . we need to learn lessons from both and do whatever we can.


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