OPINIONBruce Bond and Erik Olsen, Opinion contributors Published 6:00 a.m. ET March 20, 2020 | Updated 12:11 p.m. ET March 20, 2020CLOSE Social distancing matters. Here is how to do it and how it can help curb the COVID-19 pandemic. USA TODAYWe need to put political views on the backburner and focus on doing what is necessary to help ourselves and others make it through this pandemicSomething extraordinary happened in the Middle East. In the wake of this global pandemic, Palestinians and Israelis put aside their differences and pledged to work together to stop the spread of COVID-19.It should be a lesson to all of us: if these two adversaries can find a way to stop fighting, why can’t Americans?Crises have a way of bringing us together but, unfortunately, partisanship is alive and well in the United States. A recent Reuters poll found that four in 10 Democrats view the pandemic as a threat while just two in 10 Republicans agree. Meanwhile, a Quinnipiac poll found similarly sharp divides when it came to the president’s coronavirus response.To be sure, collaboration hasn’t been nonexistent. House Democrats and Republicans came together to pass a financial aid bill that awaits consideration in the Senate and there appears to be bipartisan support for sending


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