A nasty, invisible and remorseless enemy is taking American lives and bringing our auto industry to a standstill.
"What happened in China? What can we learn from it?" our clients want to know. U.S. auto industry leaders are coming to us with three pressing questions.
1. How long will the COVID-19 pandemic last in the U.S.?
Get ready for months — not weeks — of sustained vigilance. Americans might not be out of danger until at least June. Even that timing looks optimistic.
Here is why: China needed 76 days of relentless efforts to get from the Wuhan total lockdown in late January to its first day with no new COVID19-related deaths reported — Tuesday, April 7.
The People's Republic is enforcing a strict regimen of temperature checks, quarantines and government-sanctioned phone apps that display your health status in color codes in real time (red or green).
When Chinese leaders issue directives, its 1.4 billion citizens follow orders. "No mask, no going outside." Failure to do so means jail time. Period. America has not adopted anything close to China's aggressive programs. China also largely contained the virus in Hubei, the province where Wuhan is located. In the U.S., the virus has taken hold in cities from coast to coast. Clearly, therefore, our timeline will be longer.