OPINIONWilliam J. Barber, II and Mitch Landrieu, Opinion contributors Published 12:45 p.m. ET March 23, 2020 | Updated 1:19 p.m. ET March 23, 2020CLOSE A previous version of this video incorrectly stated how many people the 1918 Spanish influenza killed. USA TODAYPreparation is vital to a successful response. But the reality of poverty in this country means half of us do not have the resources to prepare.Throughout American history public crises have exposed issues too long ignored in our common life. World War II, in which African-Americans from the South fought for democracy abroad, exposed the need to make democracy real at home. When the federal levees broke in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, the storm revealed a gross inequality that left tens of thousands stranded, with no way out. As America responds to the coronavirus crisis, we must pay attention to what it reveals: our failure to address the needs of 140 million poor and low-wealth people. Since news of the coronavirus first broke in China, we have been told to prepare for the possibility of widespread quarantines. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advised Americans to make sure they have a month’s supply of prescription medications and stock up on


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