The internet was our new normal this week: filled with everything COVID-19. Highlights: Our pandemic summer, Kanye, save the post office, fear, protests in Michigan, the rat war, hustling isn’t the same for everyone, Fiona Apple, Little Dragon, and Bob Dylan.
This is one of the best and most comprehensive articles I have seen on how COVID-19 will affect the US throughout the summer and beyond. Here, Ed Yong covers everything from the current state of lockdown to possible strategies for reopening to testing and drugs and the seemingly infinite timeline of the pandemic. In reflecting upon a piece from 2018 on “whether the U.S. was ready for the next pandemic,” Yong wrote, “I noted that the country was trapped in a cycle of panic and neglect. It rises to meet each new disease, but then settles into complacency once the threat is over. With COVID-19, I fear that the U.S. might enter the neglect phase before the panic part is even finished.” Although people are already arguing that the US is overreacting, I hope that the “panic-neglect cycle” does not continue, and that our country critically examines and changes the oppressive structures that have put so many at risk.