About 50 people gathered this month for a party in the upscale suburb of Westport, then scattered across the region and the world, taking the coronavirus with them. About 50 guests gathered on March 5 at a home in the stately suburb of Westport, Conn., to toast the hostess on her 40th birthday and greet old friends, including one visiting from South Africa.
Dr. Luciana Borio and Beth Cameron discuss the impact of Trump’s dismantling of the NSC pandemic unit. Cameron served at the NSC under President Obama.
Larry Brilliant says he doesn’t have a crystal ball. But 14 years ago, Brilliant, the epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox, spoke to a TED audience and described what the next pandemic would look like. At the time, it sounded almost too horrible to take seriously. “A billion people would get sick,” he said.
For many Americans right now, the scale of the coronavirus crisis calls to mind 9/11 or the 2008 financial crisis-events that reshaped society in lasting ways, from how we travel and buy homes, to the level of security and surveillance we’re accustomed to, and even to the language we use.
Government exercises, including one last year, made clear that the U.S. was not ready for a pandemic like the coronavirus. But little was done. WASHINGTON – The outbreak of the respiratory virus began in China and was quickly spread around the world by air travelers, who ran high fevers.
In London, in the nineteen-thirties, the émigré Hungarian intellectual Karl Polanyi was known among his friends as “the apocalyptic chap.” His gloom was understandable. Nearly fifty, he’d had to leave his wife, daughter, and mother behind in Vienna shortly after Austria lurched toward fascism, in 1933.
Jared Kushner advised President Donald Trump at the start of the global coronavirus outbreak that the media was exaggerating its threat, according to a New York Times report detailing how the White House downplayed and mishandled the crisis until it became too dangerous and widespread to ignore.
Well, it finally isn’t funny anymore – the grandiosity, the ignorance, the cruelty, the bullying, the racism, the petty insults and incessant stupidity. But especially the non-stop lying. The greatest asset that a president can bring to a crisis is credibility. On Day One of his presidency, Do
For many, the coronavirus pandemic seemed to come out of nowhere, an unexpected crisis that we couldn’t have been prepared for. But some people have actually been warning of a global pandemic-and the fact that we are largely unprepared to handle one-for years.
If the response to coronavirus has accomplished anything, it is reminding us of the basic principle of our society. I say “principle,” which is singular, because there is really only one. It is not “all men and women created by you know, the thing,” which has as much to do with our way of life as the Code of Hammurabi, but money.