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Why Europe Is Beating Back the Coronavirus (and the U.S. Isn’t)?

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As it became clear that Europe was heading into another deadly wave of the coronavirus, most of the continent returned to lockdown. European leaders pushed largely similar messages, asking citizens to take measures to protect one another again, and governments offered broad financial support.

Weeks later, the effort seems to be working and infection rates are slowing.

In several parts of the United States, it’s a different story. In the Midwest, which is experiencing an explosion of cases similar to that seen earlier in Europe, leaders have not yet managed to come up with a coherent approach to loosen the virus’s grip.

Is it too late for the New World to learn from the Old?



Mitch Smith, a national correspondent at The Times based in the Midwest

ImageIn Munich last month. Europeans have largely heeded calls to wear masks and respected other restrictions to stop a fresh wave of infections.
Credit…Lukas Barth-Tuttas/EPA, via Shutterstock

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Matina Stevis-Gridneff and Mitch Smith contributed reporting.

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