Why sleepless saved Seattle when Covid-19 knocked out New York

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Why sleepless saved Seattle when Covid-19 knocked out New York

Washington State was hit first but bounced back, by following the advice of scientists, not politicians

Nick Allen

It was February 22, and a tropical-themed party was in full swing at a one-bedroom flat in Seattle. Dozens of guests wearing Hawaiian shirts and leis packed into the living room as the cocktails flowed.

Three days later, Elizabeth Schneider, one of the guests, started to feel sick. Her temperature soared. But it was the very early days of the coronavirus outbreak, so she just went to bed.

“I just thought I had flu,” said Schneider, 37, a bioengineer. “Then I discovered on Facebook a number of people at the party had got sick, about 15. Some went to the doctor but got told they had flu. Doctors weren’t testing for coronavirus. They didn’t realise it was spreading.”..

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