“How the Virus Won”

“Invisible outbreaks sprang up everywhere. The United States ignored the warning signs. We analyzed travel patterns, hidden infections and genetic data to show how the epidemic spun out of control.”

“It started small. A man near Seattle had a persistent cough. A woman in Chicago had a fever and shortness of breath. …

The patients were isolated. Their contacts were monitored. Travel from China was restricted.

None of that worked. Only a small part of the picture was visible. Some 2,000 hidden infections were already spreading through major cities.

We traced the hidden spread of the epidemic to explain why the United States failed to stop it.

At every crucial moment, American officials were weeks or months behind the reality of the outbreak. Those delays likely cost tens of thousands of lives.”

Derek Watkins, Josh Holder, James Glanz, Weiyi Cai, Benedict Carey, and Jeremy White report for the New York Times June 25, 2020.

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