OPINIONThe Editorial Board, USA TODAY Published 6:12 p.m. ET March 24, 2020 | Updated 9:03 p.m. ET March 24, 2020CLOSE Dr. Tom Frieden, former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warns of ‘catastrophic scenes’ in New York. USA TODAYAs COVID-19 pandemic sweeps through America, Congress risks its very ability to function if lawmakers don’t take social distancing seriously: Our viewNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was all but grinding his teeth as he recounted people in New York City parks blithely defying social-distancing safeguards designed to prevent the pandemic coronavirus from spreading. “I don’t know what they’re not understanding. This is not life as usual,” Cuomo said Sunday in a news briefing. “It’s insensitive. It’s arrogant. It’s self-destructive. It’s disrespectful to other people, and it has to stop and it has to stop now.”He could have just as easily been speaking to the spring breakers still crowding beaches in Florida. Or officials crowding together at the daily White House coronavirus briefings. Or, for that matter, to a certain member of Congress.Sen. Rand Paul contracts COVID-19Let’s be clear. The nation should be very grateful that Sen. Rand Paul appears healthy and asymptomatic after contracting the COVID-19 virus. We hope the Kentucky Republican stays that way.The work of Congress grows only


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