How Did We Get Here?

It can feel a bit like headline deja vu: New cases on the rise; bars and restaurants closing back down. More than 130,000 people have died in the United States. Hotspots cropping up across the country.

How — after four months — are we here?

We examine the emphasis on individual decision making, and science journalist Ed Yong explains how individual actions led to a “patchwork pandemic.”

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