Widespread testing will give us a better understanding of the lethality of the virus.
The situation in New York remains severe, with hospitals reporting shortages of protective equipment and ventilators.
That amounts to a domestic cumulative fatality rate of roughly 1.7 percent, significantly higher than the 0.1 percent fatality rate for the seasonal flu.
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Not only is New York the hardest-hit state, but the growth rate of both deaths and new cases has been close to exponential.
New York now has more confirmed cases of coronavirus than Iran and France.
The U.S. has been making substantial progress in ramping up testing capacity, which would be integral to eventually rolling back social-distancing measures.
New York and Washington remain well ahead of their peers in testing, but California and Massachusetts have ramped up in recent days.
The situation is most dire in New York, but states such as Louisiana and New Jersey appear to be on worse trajectories.
And the irreparable damage they have caused around the globe.
The number of cases within each U.S. cluster continues to grow exponentially.