James Hamblin

James Hamblin


M.D., staff writer @TheAtlantic, lecturer @Yale, public health and preventive medicine

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People call vaccine mandates "Orwellian" even though Orwell died at 46 of tuberculosis, which is now preventable with a vaccine.

The closest we seem to come to unifying moral clarity in the U.S. is that physical violence is bad. (Except when via the state.) But this deplatforming and condemnation didn't kick in as thousands of people died of a preventable disease while the president told them it'd go away.

If you're feeling anxiety about the second week of 2021, go to sleep.

Keep it up. A day at a time. Hundreds of thousands of people are getting vaccinated every day. Every day is progress.

Days are getting longer. Vaccination is getting better. It’s like my friends Journey used to say: don’t stop believing. Hold on to that feeling ... streetlights, people ... never got that part but the point remains.

We'll have a story on the coronavirus variants on The Atlantic in the morning. With gratitude to our copy editors navigating the evolving taxonomical linguistics.

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We're the country in red, where people pay far, far more for health care than in any other country in the world.

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400,000 American deaths is incomprehensible. The scale gets lost in the daily updates. But remember just a year ago today if someone told you we'd all be wearing masks because of a "coronavirus" that would kill a million people you'd probably have nodded and backed silently away.

Biden is vaccinated. He’s at a distance, while working with a staff that should also have been vaccinated, in a space that should be very well ventilated. He shouldn’t need a mask. It’s a symbol of solidarity to wear one. It’s good.

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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.

Lots of people are feeling unproductive. But if you successfully infect zero people with the virus, seriously you’ve been extremely productive.

Outdoor dining has gradually escalated into what might reasonably be called a buildings.

Just to say again, the answer to “who could’ve predicted this?” is everyone who studies infectious diseases.

This is part of a dangerous trend in reporting each allergic reaction as news. A million people have been vaccinated. A few had allergic reactions. All turned out fine. More will occasionally happen. They don’t all need headlines. It inaccurately skews perception of risk.

This concludes the first week of 2021.

Who among us hasn't written something the night before it's due despite having 8 years notice and millions of lives hanging in the balance.

Remember when people said the pandemic would be a great equalizer? It turns out the 614 billionaires in the U.S. grew their net worth by almost $1 trillion dollars while congress spent nine months debating whether working people who've been ordered not to work should get $600.

The thing is if shutdowns and social distancing work perfectly and are extremely effective it will seem in retrospect like they were totally unnecessary overreactions.

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