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U.S. scrambles to contain COVID-19, and it's a problem for everyone

As the scale of COVID-19 grows, many countries are struggling to contain it. We look at the public health failures in the U.S. with regards to the coronavirus, and the lessons to be learned.
MTA worker disinfects a subway station in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., March 4, 2020. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)
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COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. have reached double digits. As efforts to contain the coronavirus in the U.S. continue, certain factors make it even more difficult. First, there's a shortage of test kits. Then there's the question of cost for patients. We look at the U.S. public health response with Laurie Garrett, a Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist who built her career studying pandemics.

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