M.D., staff writer @TheAtlantic, lecturer @Yale, public health and preventive medicine
One weird thing is the overlap in the Venn diagram of people willing to take hydrochlorothiazide—on the basis that anything with a hypothetical chance of helping is worth trying—and people unwilling to get vaccinated despite overwhelming evidence that vaccines work.
Italy has banned weddings and funerals for 16 million people. Japan has closed schools for a month. France and Iraq have banned public gatherings. The U.N. has canceled all physical meetings to address climate change. Americans are uncertain what to do about Coachella.
People call vaccine mandates "Orwellian" even though Orwell died at 46 of tuberculosis, which is now preventable with a vaccine.