Expertise is distributed across thousands of different minds in the medical community.

The only way to counteract the spread of an infectious illness such as the coronavirus is to take an all-hands-on-deck approach, allowing innovators in the field to advance new solutions as unique challenges emerge.

But instead, under the aegis of the federal government, nationwide medical decisions are made by a centralized slate of technocrats. Everything hinges on their decisions, and because of the many mistakes they made during the month of February—called “the lost month” by the New York Times—the US was set far behind in testing for a virus that was spreading in exponential magnitudes.

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