If Americans conclude that life will continue mostly as normal, they may be wrong. The U.S. is far less prepared than other democratic nations experiencing outbreaks of the novel coronavirus. Low case counts so far may reflect not an absence of the pathogen but a woeful lack of testing. Last week, the World Health Organization assessed the fatality rate at a shocking 3.4 percent, much higher than previously believed. Even with a robust government response to the novel coronavirus, many people will be in peril. Disruptions are almost certain to multiply in the weeks to come. Trump’s initial impulse to downplay the risk, at least until the stock market took note, wasn’t just fanciful; it was dangerous."