We are a United States. There are no borders between states, so just like any competent nation, we have to tackle the virus as one nation. If we were at war with another country, we would need leadership from the top to win (leaving a war up to 50 individual states to handle individually would not work). The virus can’t see borders, so without a national strategy — we are doomed. This is why most — if not all — other industrialized countries have done much better than we have. They have wise leaders with a plan. We had neither.