Why We’re So Bad at Preparing for Disasters

A San Diego County health nurse collects a sample from a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 testing site in San Diego, Calif., June 25, 2020. (Mike Blake/Reuters)
Blame yourself. And your neighbor. And everyone else in the electorate.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he COVID-19 pandemic is expected to cost the U.S. government trillions of dollars in spending and lost tax revenue in the absence of any second peak. While the government response to the crisis has been less than optimal, it’s interesting to note that in 2016, the World Health Organization described the America’s ability to handle a pandemic as “outstanding.” Despite the actual U.S. capacity for managing a caseload of new infectious diseases being startlingly low, America was comparatively well-prepared.

This probably says more about the state of affairs everywhere else than it does about the U.S. In the United Kingdom, for

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