Few words in this post, just a few pictures and links.
Cause: schools are closed in most big states, kids don't spread the infection.
Source: CDC weekly flu report.
Flu and COVID-19 symptoms are very similar. From the Johns Hopkins web site:
March 18, 2020.
Italy barely managed to arrest the number of new cases and deaths despite a country-wide lockdown and closure of all non-essential businesses:
Today's deaths in the US are based on infections that happened 3 weeks ago.
Every week of delay increases the numbers. COVID-19 is not the flu. It looks a bit like it, but it is much, much worse.
The US needs action that is more drastic than Italy's actions now. Now.