The global coronavirus pandemic can be seen many ways: as an act of God, a consequence of a shrinking world, a biological fluke. But if you’re an epidemiologist, looking at the grim moment America finds itself in right now, you also see it another way: This was a choice.
For months, each of us has made a cascade of seemingly small decisions about how to live during the pandemic—whether or not to wear a mask, whether or not to quarantine, if and how to socialize, whether to travel for holidays or stay home. And then there are the choices that we have made as a country. Politicians have chosen to require masks, or push safety messages, or close bars—or they’ve chosen to ignore the virus and do none of those things.
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