WASHINGTON - By the time Donald Trump proclaimed himself a wartime president - and the coronavirus the enemy - the United States was already on course to see more of its people die than in the wars of Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq combined. The country has adopted an array of wartime measures never employed collectively in U.S. history - banning incoming travelers from two continents, bringing commerce to a near-halt, enlisting industry to make emergency medical gear, and confining 230 million Americans to their homes in a desperate bid to survive an attack by an unseen adversary. Despite these and other extreme steps, the United States will likely go down as the country that was supposedly best prepared to fight a pandemic but ended up catastrophically overmatched by the novel coronavirus, sustaining heavier casualties than any other nation. It did not have to happen this way. Though not perfectly prepared, the United States had more expertise, resources, plans and epidemiological experience than dozens of countries that ultimately fared far better in fending off the virus. The failure has echoes of the period leading up to 9/11: Warnings were sounded, including at the highest levels of government, but the president was deaf to them until the enemy had already struck. The Trump administration received its first formal notification of the outbreak of the coronavirus in China on Jan. 3. Within days, U.S. spy agencies were signaling the seriousness of the threat to Trump by including a warning about the coronavirus - the first of many - in the President's Daily Brief. And yet, it took 70 days from that initial notification for Trump to treat the coronavirus not as a distant threat or harmless flu strain well under control, but as a lethal force that had outflanked America's defenses and was poised to kill tens...

It's funny how these writers pretend the country would have gone along with earlier action. Maybe shutting down all travel and locking us in our houses in the middle of his impeachment trial? Yeah, you all would have been so positive about that and judges would have totally let him do that. You don't understand that the country needed to be brought along, Trump couldn't have just snapped his fingers and if he did it would all be worse.

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Coronavirus in L.A. homeless community spreads, but so far no signs of clustering

No one saw this coming.

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City officials have employed the use of court-ordered ankle bracelet monitoring for coronavirus patients who refuse to self-quarantine.

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The order came as New Jersey saw deaths related to COVID-19 illness jumped 182 in 24-hours to a total of 537.

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As the coronavirus stretches New York City emergency rooms and paramedics to their limits, a regional EMT group has issued new guidelines almost unthinkable...

I'm sure they were taking them to the hospital before because a fair percentage were revived. Notice no mention of what percentages of those guys now go tits up.

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HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/EUROPE-TECH (UPDATE 3, PIX):UPDATE 3-European experts ready smartphone technology to help halt coronavirus spread

Do some have stars on them? Maybe some pink ones? You need to know who you're dealing with right Europe. Jesus. There's a limit.

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An online campaign recommended business attire and makeup while working at home, and to avoid sarcasm when asking for help with housework. The women of Malaysia were not amused.

Notice how quickly they went from how dare you insult women to men are so incompetent they can't even buy groceries. Feminism 101. Resist.

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A Brooklyn man coughed on FBI agents and then told them he had the coronavirus as they arrested him for price gouging on N95 respirators and other medical supplies, prosecutors say.

Another procedural charge with no actual charges of an underlying crime. Federal law enforcement is out of control. Remember people, you have the right to remain silent. All they get is no comment.

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12 Billion dollars a year is the CDC's budget. Where'd that money go? Certainly not preparing for the most predicted pandemic to strike the world. Government is woefully incompetent.

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11 Billion dollars a year you've gotten and done absolutely nothing to prepare for a pandemic everyone knew was coming. F. U.

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