We know how to help control COVID-19’s spread once we leave home; we just have to do it

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As Chicago and other big cities make plans for emerging from pandemic-induced cocooning, we face a simple decision.
We can give up a measure of personal choice and get the coronavirus under control reasonably quickly. Or we can refuse to make common-sense accommodations and then face recurring outbreaks for years.
Much of the developed world has chosen the first option. The United States is quite capable of choosing the second.

I’ve spent the past few weeks speaking with business leaders, government officials, medical experts and technologists about what it’ll take to put the pandemic behind us. My takeaways:

There’s no consensus on how to proceed. But there’s strong interest in developing a coordinated approach.
The federal government is never going to come up with a national scheme. Any solution will have to be regional. The private sector will be the major driver.
Decision-makers are aware of what needs to be done, based on what has worked in Asia. The five tools, as one business person put it, are social distancing, personal protective equipment, testing, taking temperatures and contact tracing.
Of the five, the first four at best will reduce risk. And ontact tracing — tracking down and …

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