Other countries whose governments addressed the crisis forthrightly have managed to wrestle down the curve, and now they are carefully, safely reopening. After months of restrictions, people in Europe and other countries where the virus hit during the spring are starting a measured return to something resembling normalcy. Europeans are starting to open their borders to other countries — but America is one of the countries not on that list. In the US, the curve is trending up, not down, even if Vice President Mike Pence deceptively declared in an op-ed this week, “We are winning the fight against the invisible enemy,” unctuously declaring that the good news is “a testament to the leadership of President Trump.”

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