With 45,000 COVID-19 cases reported in just one day this week (compared to 5,000 in the European Union), it is becoming clear the United States is flunking its pandemic response in an epic fashion.

Had Americans opted to wear face masks and continue social distancing, we might have avoided the hard choices that face our governor and mayors. And this is the first wave of COVID. The second wave has been forecast for later this fall and winter.

Brian A. Howey is publisher of Howey Politics Indiana at www.howeypolitics.com. Find Howey on Facebook and Twitter @hwypol.

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