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Epidemics

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From surveillance measures taken by governments and institutions around the world in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Connected patient case numbers with location data Deployed drones to scold pedestrians…

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Call Me by Your Pain

From first names given to babies born around the world during the early months of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Corona Corona Kumar Corona Kumari Covid Covid Marie Covid Rose Coviduvidapdap…

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Extra Extra

From the headlines of advice columns published in the New York Times since the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic. If You’ve Got Lemons, Make Limoncello How to Raise a…

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Elder Abuse

Nursing homes, the coronavirus, and the bottom line

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Triangulation

As of this writing, the United States, which has 4.2 percent of the world’s population, accounts for nearly 30 percent of total COVID-19 mortalities. Among Americans, a common response to…

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False Dawn

A zuihitsu from the early months of the pandemic

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False Dawn

The constant surprise of COVID-19 Read More

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A Malevolent Holiday

On the fifteenth of March in Paris, as the novel coronavirus outbreak—just deemed a global pandemic—ravaged Spain and Italy, I strapped my infant son into his stroller, grabbed a bottle…

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The Complicating Germs

In April, an epidemic of influenza exploded in the Far East. Starting in Hong Kong, it spread thousands of miles in all directions in less than two months. As we…

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