Editorial: America was left defenseless. Why?


It may never be known how many people caught the new coronavirus while standing for hours in densely packed international airports, waiting for the government to screen them. That happened even as some governors and mayors began taking drastic steps to eliminate crowds, and long after sporting leagues had voluntarily shut down to limit the contagion.Like almost everything else the federal government has done in this crisis, it came desperately late, was conceived on the fly and confirmed that there had been an appalling absence of planning for just the sort of a pandemic that experts had warne…

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