James Hamblin

James Hamblin

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

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I was skeptical, but the NBA bubble actually worked. It’s a testament to human ingenuity and resilience how quickly we can reinvent things and get people back to work, safely and effectively, when a group of billionaires has a direct financial stake in making it happen.

It wouldn't be a stretch to require people to wear masks to attend campaign rallies at a time when kids are required to wear masks to attend kindergarten.

Dr. Fauci has been extremely circumspect about communicating risk. If anything, he has erred far toward avoiding saying anything that could be taken as a contradiction or criticism of Trump. Now, as with everyone, in exchange for that loyalty, Trump throws him under the bus.

The individual mandate is not gone. The whole supreme court case is based on the fact that the individual mandate is not gone.

When I wrote this in September I didn’t imagine we wouldn’t have a bailout by now.

I didn't used to care about Halloween. Now the idea of everyone taking to the streets at night and wandering around in weird costumes contemplating the thin line between life and death while knocking on random doors and asking for candy ... it's hard to imagine a better holiday.

People must see the contradiction in fast tracking a Supreme Court nominee and touting it as an administration-defining political victory while also saying that this person will serve as a nonpartisan arbiter without any political leanings or biases.

My dad took this photo today. It reminded me that despite all our differences as a nation, big or small, eagles are terrifying.

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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.

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

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.

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.

Nationally there’s no “second wave.” There’s one long wave. We’ve been in a plateau of around 20,000 cases and 1,000 deaths a day, largely among minority and vulnerable populations. Reopening will cause spikes, but calling them a second wave denies the reality of what’s going on.

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The known U.S. death toll is now 19. When it was 19 in China they'd already begun building two new hospitals and 20 quarantine facilities in one city.

I see people pulling down their masks to talk. It's like taking off your seatbelt to merge onto the interstate.

Cancel culture, social justice warriors, twitter mafia, outrage mobs, PC culture, hysteria ... and tomorrow there will be a new term, to broadly delegitimize the basic act of people speaking up, rather than engaging with actual cases and arguments