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How the Pandemic Will End

Mar 26, 2020

By Ed Young

Three months ago, no one knew that SARS-CoV-2 existed. Now the virus has spread to almost every country, infecting at least 446,000 people whom we know about, and many more whom we do not. It has crashed economies and broken health-care systems, filled hospitals and emptied public spaces. It has separated people from their workplaces and their friends. It has disrupted modern society on a scale that most living people have never witnessed. Soon, most everyone in the United States will know someone who has been infected. Like World War II or the 9/11 attacks, this pandemic has already imprinted itself upon the nation’s psyche.

A global pandemic of this scale was inevitable. In recent years, hundreds of health experts have written books, white papers, and op-eds warning of the possibility. Bill Gates has been telling anyone who would listen, including the 18 million viewers of his TED Talk. In 2018, I wrote a story for The Atlantic arguing that America was not ready for the pandemic that would eventually come. In October, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security war-gamed what might happen if a new coronavirus swept the globe. And then one did. Hypotheticals became reality. “What if?” became “Now what?”

So, now what? In the late hours of last Wednesday, which now feels like the distant past, I was talking about the pandemic with a pregnant friend who was days away from her due date. We realized that her child might be one of the first of a new cohort who are born into a society profoundly altered by COVID-19. We decided to call them Generation C.

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5 comments on “How the Pandemic Will End

  • Rich, strong, developed, America is supposed to be the readiest of nations. That illusion has been shattered.

    To contain such a pathogen, nations must develop a test and use it to identify infected people, isolate them, and trace those they’ve had contact with. That is what South Korea, Singapore, and Hong Kong did to tremendous effect. It is what the United States did not.

    Someone had to say it.

    We now lead the planet in known cases, because our elected leaders have failed us. So many needless deaths, and so many overworked health care workers stretched beyond their limits. All because our elected leaders have failed us.

    Our only bright spot, from a federal point of view, is the massive amount of money being pumped into the economy. But I have to wonder how long that will hold up. 330,000 new files of unemployment in one week! Report abuse

  • I see some preachers and their followers,  are still using “faith” and ignoring medical advice!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-52061915

    Indian authorities in the northern state of Punjab have quarantined around 40,000 residents from 20 villages following a Covid-19 outbreak linked to just one man.

    The man, a preacher, had ignored advice to self quarantine after returning from a trip to Italy and Germany, officials told BBC Punjabi’s Arvind Chhabra.

    The man, identified as Baldev Singh, had visited a large gathering to celebrate the Sikh festival of Hola Mohalla shortly before he died.

    Those “all-knowing” god-delusions, really are dangerous! Report abuse

  • Re Michael 100 on  NY Times article by Katherine Stewart. Please read same.  I am  at a loss for words and my BP  is through the roof. Why hasn’t other media picked up on this.

    I know natural selection works on a larger scale but maybe some of these god bothering wankers will get their just deserts. But you just might run into the selfish deluded pricks in public’

    To the Moderators – sorry about the language but I am being restrained.

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