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Covid Traps Impatient Americans in Endless Lines for Everything

A nation with a convenience culture comes to grips with waiting

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U.S. Ramps Up Covid-19 Testing in Three Hard-Hit States

Few of the coronavirus’ many inconveniences tax Americans like the line.

Food banks in Vermont and Arizona have miles-long queues of cars. At testing sites in Florida, motorists show up with full gas tanks to keep air conditioning pumping all day. Travel to Europe is off, with America waiting behind other nations to re-enter someday. Even the electronic realm is tied up: Amid 11% unemployment, people applying for benefits report frozen computer screens and abrupt phone disconnections. Sometimes, the reward waiting at the end is simply a chance to try again tomorrow.