One day recently I caught up with Dr. Harvey V. Fineberg, a veteran public health expert whom I had last interviewed in April about an article he had published setting forth a program to “crush” the coronavirus in 10 weeks.
I asked him how he thought the U.S. had fared in the intervening three months.
“Those were the days,” he sighed. “You could just put today’s date on the article and reprint it.”
‘People walked into the first lockdown with some trust that this would matter and their actions would make a difference. That proved not to be the case.’
David Eisenman, UCLA
That’s an indication of not only how little progress we’ve made against the pandemic, but how much time we have squandered.
Fineberg, who served as president of the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) and dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public