American individualism and our collective crisis

Our national and social identity is deeply rooted in values like freedom, equality and order. A political scientist explores how these ideas have affected the US response to the worsening pandemic.

Anil Ananthaswamy • knowable
yesterday ~14 min

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Pandemic puts all eyes on public health

Covid-19 has exposed the weak spots of the US public health system — and that presents an opportunity, says an epidemiologist, for the nation to recognize the problems and act to fix them

Lola Butcher • knowable
Nov. 17, 2020 ~14 min

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Evolution of the US public health system

TIMELINE: From colonial efforts to control smallpox outbreaks to antimalarial campaigns targeting mosquitoes, the American effort grew for centuries. But cutbacks have weakened it in the past decades.

Lola Butcher • knowable
Nov. 17, 2020 ~6 min

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I got the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. Or maybe not.

OPINION: Many Americans say they won’t take a vaccine. I am not one of them — and I have the shots to prove it.

Amber Dance • knowable
Nov. 10, 2020 ~7 min

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Covid stole my Dad’s final months

OPINION: Because of the pandemic, I couldn’t visit him in his nursing home, and because of his dementia he couldn’t understand why. Mismanagement of this crisis has failed the elderly and caused incalculable hurt.

Alison McCook • knowable
Nov. 9, 2020 ~8 min

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How the pandemic could globalize the economy even more — not less

Closed borders, trade conflicts and supply-chain problems raise the specter of nations turning inward and disconnecting from one another. But Princeton’s Harold James thinks Covid-19 may well push us all closer.

Eryn Brown • knowable
Nov. 5, 2020 ~17 min

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It’s not just the germs — it’s also the genes

Pathogens can make us sick. Just how sick depends on genetic variations, including ones that sabotage immune molecules called interferons. A better understanding could lead to new treatments for Covid-19 and other scourges.

Eric Toner • knowable
Nov. 3, 2020 ~13 min

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7 ways to fix this pandemic — and stop the next one

OPINION: Experts predict another nearly 180,000 deaths by February. It doesn’t have to be that way, writes health security expert Eric Toner.

Eric Toner • knowable
Oct. 29, 2020 ~7 min

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How we bury our dead during a pandemic

Funerals, burials and other ways of communally commemorating those who have died have always been part of human history. The need for social distancing has upended these psychologically important rituals and fostered creative alternatives.

Stephanie Parker • knowable
Sept. 24, 2020 ~17 min

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Eviction’s long reach

A “scarlet E” can be the catalyst for a chain reaction of calamities, and Covid-19 piles on

Megan Jula • knowable
Sept. 23, 2020 ~11 min

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