As of Thursday, March 26, the United States has the most coronavirus cases in the world. With at least 81,321 people infected, the United States has more confirmed cases than China, Italy or any other country, according to the New York Times.

There are over 510,000 cases reported worldwide. The United States’ 330 million residents provide a significant number of people that can be infected with the virus. With a collection of independent states and mixed messages from President Trump, the virus spread without a swift, federal response.

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States are struggling to close schools, set up hospitals as the request more medical and protective equipment from the federal government. 160 million Americans are under lockdown to try to contain the virus and the government is urging people to practice social distancing.

“We are the new global epicenter of the disease. Now, all we can do is to slow the transmission as much as possible by hunkering down in our houses while, as a country, we ramp up production of personal protective equipment, materials needed for testing, and ventilators,” Dr. Sara Keller, an infectious disease specialist at Johns Hopkins Medicine, told the New York Times.

New York was the first hardest-hit state, with about half of the country’s cases by the end of March. Officials now warn that the virus could spread to other areas of the country, including Michigan and Illinois. “This is going to be the disaster that defines our generation,” said Collin Arnold, New Orleans director of the city’s Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

Now, all we can do is to slow the transmission as much as possible by hunkering down in our houses while, as a country, we ramp up production of personal protective equipment, materials needed for testing, and ventilators.”

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