M.D., staff writer @TheAtlantic, lecturer @Yale, public health and preventive medicine
People call vaccine mandates "Orwellian" even though Orwell died at 46 of tuberculosis, which is now preventable with a vaccine.
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.
We're the country in red, where people pay far, far more for health care than in any other country in the world.
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.
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.