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Derek Thompson+ Your Authors @DKThomp Writer at @TheAtlantic. Host of podcast CRAZY/GENIUS. Author of book HIT MAKERS. Talker on NPR's @hereandnow and @CBSNews. derek[at]theatlantic[dot]com Jun. 18, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

This is it right here. It's damn near the whole story.

I don't know quite where it comes from—gerontocracy, bureaucracy, inequality, status-quo bias, anti-expertise—but America's exceptional COVID case count comes from a national epidemic of unlearning. 

I've never forgotten something @NAChristakis told me back in March.

An epidemic is a race between duel contagions—the biological contagion (the host-seeking virus) and the social contagion (the population's ability to learn and adapt).

There are many ways I've been surprised and impressed by the public's adaptation. In April, I remember seeing a long, long line at my Trader Joe's w/ ppl uniformly in masks and distanced—something unimaginable three weeks prior and then suddenly totally normal and near-universal.

But this beautiful, organic groundswell of public adaptation just hasn't been matched—not even remotely equalled, I think—by a similarly impressive and nimble institutional response by our public health system. The tide went out, and the emperor was swimming naked.

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