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Carl Craft

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 19: A sign warns residents to take steps to contol the outbreak at the entrance to the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn as the Coronavirus, COVID19, outbreak continued unabated on March 19, 2020 in New York City. The economic situation in the city continued to decline as more businesses closed their doors and New York weighed a shelter in place order for the entire city. (Photo by Victor J. Blue/Getty Images)

America:  It’s crunch time.

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.

Carl Craft is studying here on earth for a short time and trying to make the most of it... with varying amounts of success. He's heard every morning on The Morning Rat Race. Sometimes he goes, "sock / shoe, sock / shoe" which we think is a sign of some kind of psychosis...