The United States is, we are told, the greatest country in the world. Then how did we get things so wrong? While other countries have been successful in preventing deaths and slowing transmission of the coronavirus, the U.S. leads the world in number of cases, and the number of deaths. How did it happen? It seems at just about every turn, we made mistake after mistake, despite being ranked as the nation most prepared to deal with a pandemic. First and foremost, we lacked a federal response to dealing with the virus. Even though the virus doesn’t respect geographical boundaries, the federal government left it to the states to come up with their own response plans. That led to states bidding against one another, and even other countries, in trying to secure the necessary test kits and PPE’s. We didn’t test quickly enough and we didn’t administer enough tests. There has been a lack of investment in public health. We rushed to reopen too early. After a couple months of trying to flatten the curve through social distancing, states suddenly reopened. People fed up with quarantining lost their fear of the virus, and suddenly cases spiked, with seemingly no end in sight. It seems that if there was a mistake to be made in handling the coronavirus, the greatest country on earth found a way to make that mistake.