OPINIONThe Editorial Board, USA TODAY Published 6:04 p.m. ET April 13, 2020 CLOSE Dr. Marc Lipsitch, a Harvard epidemiologist, talks about coming stressors on the health care system from coronavirus and loosening control measures. USA TODAYAmerica’s future prosperity could well depend on its ability to use the COVID-19 epidemic and the fear it engenders for positive results: Our viewOf all the emotions, none motivates like fear. It is not reason or civic virtue that is keeping people indoors. It is, rather, fear — fear of dying in a hospital without a ventilator or of spreading disease to a loved one.Fear is also often behind big shifts in society and public policy. In fact, America’s future prosperity could well depend on its ability to use the coronavirus pandemic and the fear it engenders for positive results.The United States has a track record at doing just that. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, America was a fearful place because of a string of technological advances by the Soviet Union, most notably the 1957 launch of the first satellite, Sputnik.Find the next internet, GPSThe U.S. government responded with a massive investment in science, engineering and math. It created agencies such as NASA and DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects


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