In DepthPandemic Response

United States strains to act as cases set record

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Science  03 Apr 2020:
Vol. 368, Issue 6486, pp. 17-18
DOI: 10.1126/science.368.6486.17

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The United States is first, and not in a good way. Last week, it set a grim record, surpassing all other nations in the reported number of people infected with the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. To limit the damage, President Donald Trump announced federal recommendations to practice physical distancing will remain in place through the end of April, and officials across the nation are scrambling to find enough ventilators, protective gear, and supplies for hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients—or about to be. State governors ratcheted up restrictions intended to slow the pandemic as well, but despite such actions, the U.S. pandemic response remains a work in progress.

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