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The US is diving into a dark Covid hole -- and there's no plan to get out
US has no plan to get out of pandemic

As the US plunges into an ever deeper coronavirus morass, with new infection records and rising death curves, there's no prospect of the nightmare ending for months.

Delusion dominates an administration that perversely claims the US is the world leader in beating this modern day plague. There are only contradictions, obfuscations and confusion from the federal officials who ought to be charting a national course, Stephen Collinson writes.

Months into the worst domestic crisis since World War II, there is no sense that a fractured country is pulling together to confront a common enemy. People are still arguing about wearing masks -- a tiny infringement of personal freedoms that represents one of the few hopes of easing the contagion. And the one federal official who does seem to have answers, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has been banished to the podcast circuit by President Trump, who was on Fox News Thursday night boasting about acing a cognitive test as the US hit another daily record of infections -- over 60,000 -- on a day when more than 900 new deaths were reported.

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... The biggest portion of those new infections were in the United States, where a staggering 1 in 100 people have now tested positive and individual states are in worse shape than some countries. If Florida was a nation, it would rank fourth globally for most new cases in a day.

... The three countries at the top of the pandemic chart -- the United States, Brazil and the UK -- are those in which people still resist wearing masks. Mask wearing has, up until last week, largely been shunned and even ridiculed by the leaders of the worst-hit countries -- the US and Brazil.

... But the science is clear. Taiwan, South Korea and mainland China, all places with widespread mask use, have seen greater success in preventing major outbreaks or reining them in once they begin. And new research shows that masks can help cut down on one of the main drivers of cases: "silent spreaders," or people who are asymptomatic or presymptomatic.