We Shouldn’t Wait for a Breakthrough in the COVID-19 Pandemic

In disaster movies, there is usually a make-or-break moment when the hero turns desperation into triumph with one incredible act. As we Americans watch our own real-life disaster movie called “COVID-19” unfold, we too look toward a proverbial Hail Mary solution that will let us return to normal. We are told by expert after expert that things won’t return to normal until we have a fully effective vaccine or drug remedy, and we despair when neither appears imminent. In lieu of a medical miracle, we are told we must wait for extensive testing and tracing capabilities before we can ease draconian restrictions on our economic and social lives.

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