The United States of America is at a critical juncture in the COVID-19 pandemic. Failure to act decisively & immediately will jeopardize hundreds of thousands of lives in this country, and could obliterate the economy.
The pandemic is spreading more quickly, states are closing down again, and things are spiraling out of control. This is a graph of new daily USA COVID-19 diagnosed cases as of July 16th (source: CDC):
There is no effective action being taken at the national level, and this virtually guarantees continued & comprehensive failure.
Haphazard lockdowns by individual states will not work, as hotspots will jump around and be constantly transferred between states.
There's only one solution in the world, thus far, that's been demonstrated to be effective against COVID-19: a nationwide, three-week lockdown, to break the chain of person-to-person transmission. It will be incredibly difficult, but the alternative is far, far worse.
Other high-income countries have successfully used lockdowns to practially eradicate the virus:
We need to fix this now so we can safely and quickly get back to work and back to school.