CLOSE Social distancing matters. Here is how to do it and how it can help curb the COVID-19 pandemic. USA TODAYSAN FRANCISCO – Six Bay Area counties in California are under quarantine for three weeks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  has urged no group gatherings for two months. President Donald Trump said relief may come by August. And leaked British documents projected a coronavirus outbreak could rage until spring 2021.As parts of the U.S. head into a coronavirus lockdown, it’s unclear how long these severe restrictions will last. Only one thing is certain: The nation’s COVID-19 crisis will be as bad as we let it get.Scientists, government officials, historians and cultural observers say the size and duration of the outbreak will depend on our collective actions over the next few weeks and months. The promising news, they say, is that we have the power to not just resist, but also to come together as a country in a way reminiscent of World War II. “Back then, the government and the public joined to mobilize for the war effort, producing armaments and food, and that same effort is needed here,” says Timothy Massad, senior fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission under President Barack Obama.“The government should mobilize the private


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