July 29, 2020 at 12:29 PM EDT
At the heart of the discouraging American coronavirus response is a strong relationship with masks
The mask is the simplest and one of the most effective anti-coronavirus weapons in the public health arsenal. From the beginning, however, the American relationship with facials was deep.
This has contributed to misguided health authorities, cultural aversion to masks and deeply polarized policies. He also has a president who resisted modeling the benefits of face coating and who limited those who did.
Experts say the result is a country that has missed one of the best opportunities to overcome the coronavirus pandemic this spring and summer. In this process, the United States has lagged behind other countries, which have skipped the commotion through masks, the cost of living and the threat of recovery towards the fall.
by Griff Witte, Ariana Eunjung Cha and Josh Dawsey