🚨🚨Here’s the big piece I’ve been promising: an Atlantic cover story about the US’s catastrophic mishandling of the pandemic. It’s a full autopsy of what went wrong, every unattended weakness & unheeded warning, every festering wound & reopened scar. 1/
While other countries around the world have successfully managed this pandemic, we've seen things get worse. It's not too late for us to work towards recovery, but it's going to require leaders with coherent plans to move us forward.
We long to return to normal, but **normal led to this**. To avert the future pandemics we know are coming, we MUST grapple with all the ways normal failed us. We have to build something better. I hope this piece, in showing what went wrong, helps. 6/
I am so grateful to for this incredible and razor-sharp piece of work, but also to his editors for allowing this ONE SENTENCE TO RULE THEM ALL that had me punching the air and gasping for breath:
The central idea behind this piece on why the US failed so badly to control the pandemic is that it fell under the combined weight of a multitude of weaknesses, every one of which was predictable. I want to unpack that idea. A thread. 1/
This is about Trump, obviously, but also America’s legacy of racism, neglect of public health, devaluation of expertise, & devotion to individualism. “COVID‐19 is an assault on America’s body, and a referendum on the ideas that animate its culture.” 4/
OMG. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 Always, always, always read How the Pandemic Defeated America
This amazing piece by feels pessimistic, but I found it refreshing. With a chronic problem, a correct, comprehensive diagnosis is the first important step to improvement. As Ed says: we should not yearn for the normal. "Normal led to this." Yes!
Sincere thanks to everyone who read How The Pandemic Defeated America (and its various print titles; thing's like a Game of Thrones character). It's a strange, heavy feeling to see this out in the world.
Across these months, I’ve been repeatedly struck by how foreseeable everything seemed—how every vulnerability that the pandemic tore open was predictable & preventable. We had built a world “ever more prone to a pandemic but ever less ready for one.” 3/
Of course, ’s vivisection of our present state is masterful and precise and harrowing. This graf, though. Damn.
This is one of 2 cover stories for this month’s issue & Ibram X. Kendi's piece on America’s racial reckoning will be out Wed. For now, check out this stunning cover. HOW DID IT COME TO THIS? Well, here’s how: 8/
For months, has wrangled the pandemic's complex science & politics into 1 journalistic masterwork after another. His searing, epic cover story brings together all that work & more to explain, with unsuprassed force & clarity, how we got here
Can't shake this devilishly simple +complex four words from : "Normal led to this" Don't yearn for getting back to normal; normal was a shitshow. Let's forge a better path forward and reimagine a more resilient and equitable post-COVID world.
Apropos of absolutely nothing, I'm just going to put this here.
I think this is one of the most important takeaways from 's latest. Covid detractors *constantly* point to exceptions to cast doubt on entire pandemic plans. In reality, exceptions are fine—bc they're still getting most other things right.
How did it come to this? In our September co-cover stories, and explore why the pandemic brought America to its knees, and the power of America's denial of racism, respectively. Read Yong's: And Kendi's:
If your emotional reserves are strong this morning, read this amazing piece by . If they are not, do what you need to do to take care of yourself.
"Water running along a pavement will readily seep into every crack; so, too, did the unchecked coronavirus seep into every fault line in the modern world."
If you haven’t read it, take the time to read ⁦⁩’s essential, riveting and necessary review of the failures - social, political, economic, public health & leadership failures - that allowed the COVID-19 pandemic to decimate our country.
It took me a week of short pieces of time to read ’s magnum opus on the way we failed bc I just couldn’t handle it all at once but imo it’s the canonical history to date
“The U.S. fundamentally failed in ways that were worse than I ever could have imagined,”
"Normal led to this. Normal was a world ever more prone to a pandemic but ever less ready for one. To avert another catastrophe, the U.S. needs to grapple with all the ways normal failed us." This piece is required reading.
A difficult but essential piece of journalism by
"The coronavirus found, exploited, and widened every inequity that the U.S. had to offer."
This story, then, is about prisons & hospitals, social media & supply chains. It's about virology, psychology, sociology, architecture. It's about how we built a world "ever more prone to a pandemic but ever less ready for one.” 5/
>> : "Since the pandemic began, I have spoken with more than 100 experts in a variety of fields. I’ve learned that almost everything that went wrong with America’s response to the pandemic was predictable and preventable..."
“Almost everything that went wrong with America’s response to the pandemic was predictable and preventable.” reports on the country’s failure to combat the virus. Read our latest cover story:
This piece has the historical, global and sociological context I've been craving for months... which is why it was so devastating to read. ICYMI, it's essential.
How did it come to this? Read ’s just-published cover story. Revelatory work. This is one we’re going to be talking about for a long time.
Recommend starting your day with a tall glass of water or some strong coffee and this thoughtful and furious analysis by
Since March, we've made vital coverage of the pandemic available to all readers, even without a subscription. This extraordinary new cover story is part of that free collection.
and I share the cover for the September issue . Ed’s story is out today. Read its online version—“How the Pandemic Defeated America”—not tomorrow, not later, but now. My cover story will be released online on Wednesday, August 5th.
School is about to start, but most parents in the US will be at home with their children — because of the deep failures of the Trump administration in controlling the pandemic. This might be the best single story on the downfall of the US. By .
It feels like a lifetime ago that we published this piece, but consider it a prebuttal to the RNC's four-day run of lies, distractions, false assurances, and shirked responsibility.
. has a new and comprehensive accounting of the administration's failure to control the coronavirus. It is devastating. "With impunity, Trump lied. With impunity, the virus spread."
“COVID‑19 debacle has also touched—and implicated—nearly every other facet of American society:its shortsighted leadership, its disregard for expertise, its racial inequities, its social-media culture, and its fealty to a dangerous strain of individualism”
Via The most obvious but only one of the devastating passages in ‘Why the Pandemic is So Bad in America’ by Ed Jong in
A breathtaking public health failure: The U.S. "has just 4 percent of the world’s population but a quarter of its confirmed COVID‑19 cases and deaths" - writes of
Yes, Trump failed & COVID-19 has brought the US to its knees. Corrupt & racist policies broke a system that never worked for many in the first place. But we’re not a nation of quitters. I still believe different policies can make big, structural change.
Another fantastic piece by , demonstrating how the US failed: "...its shortsighted leadership, its disregard for expertise, its racial inequities, its social-media culture, and its fealty to a dangerous strain of individualism."
In a new book, Bob Woodward writes that Donald Trump told him in March that he was downplaying the seriousness of COVID-19 to avoid a panic. "With impunity, Trump lied. With impunity, the virus spread," wrote in a recent cover story
“How Did It Come To This?” The #pandemic is a sprawling tragedy and travesty. In this piece, brings surpassing clarity & a profound analysis. It is a beacon in the putrid chaos that helps me understand where we are & how I must proceed.
This comprehensive article indicates the utter failure of the US under Donald Trump’s leadership in dealing with the pandemic.
Put down your other reading.
Due to monumental FDA failure, Sierra Leone was using US created COVID tests before the US.
"Far from being a 'great equalizer,' the pandemic fell unevenly upon the US, taking advantage of injustices that had been brewing throughout the nation’s history." I appreciate ''s focus on inequity: who suffers most, and why: via
. is clearly a very gifted writer, but this may be one of his best. Every sentence is spot on.
. & make powerful cases that US coronavirus response has been uniquely awful Clearly true for outbreak control - e.g., cases per capita. But a friend asks: why is US not also an outlier on deaths per capita?
He wrote the hell out of this article. It is truly so so embarrassing and tragic.
The same could be said for the online misinformation problem. I'm still thinking about what Renee diResta told me about the need for methods that catch emerging infodemics just as we have some for new diseases. 5/ (Back to the new cover story: )
One of many earth shattering observations from 's new article "Once a vaccine is ready, there might not be enough vials to put it in, because of the long-running global shortage of medical-grade glass—literally, a bottle-neck bottleneck."
With this piece outdoes himself. Again. #US #covid19 #coronavirus
I know these times are hard, that we’ve frayed and maxed out on bad news. If you’re wondering if you can cope with a big piece on this topic, I don’t know. But fwiw, I don’t write these to stoke fear or drain hope. I hope to clarify and embolden. 2/
This is the culmination of months of reporting, those other big pieces, & 100+ interviews. I hope even people who’ve followed the pandemic closely will find fresh perspectives here, and a sense of coherence. I hope it provides clarity and purpose. 7/
“Almost everything that went wrong with America’s response to the pandemic was predictable and preventable.” reports on the country’s failure to combat the virus. Read our latest cover story:
In which summarizes the reasons for my months of anger. It didn’t have to be like this. 150,000+ people did not need to die. This pain and turmoil was preventable at a thousand different turns.
1/ A virus a thousand times smaller than a dust mote has humbled and humiliated the planet’s most powerful nation. Why—­­despite its immense resources, biomedical might, and scientific expertise—did ­­the U.S. flounder in its response to COVID-19?👇
As must-read as it gets. packs this with stats and pullable threads.
In a very 2020 moment, it just hit me how sad it is that I'm saving this to read as a treat when I'm done working
“Despite ample warning, the U.S. squandered every possible opportunity to control the coronavirus,” writes. “And despite its considerable advantages—immense resources, biomedical might, scientific expertise—­­it floundered.”
The anatomical dissection of America's paretic and pathetic response to the pandemic by
As we near 6 months since Covid entered the U.S, a number of fine pieces are coming out that take the long view. 's & 's are both rich, insightful analyses of what America got wrong...(1/2)
If you want to know how the US, the richest country in the world with one of the greatest biomedical research enterprises ever built, failed so miserably when faced with the #COVID19 pandemic, does the postmortem. It is incredibly depressing.
"Water running along a pavement will readily seep into every crack; so, too, did the unchecked coronavirus seep into every fault line in the modern world." Must read piece from For instance, every stat in this paragraph
“COVID‑19...has also touched—& implicated—nearly every other facet of American society: its shortsighted leadership, its disregard for expertise, its racial inequities, its social-media culture, & its fealty to a dangerous strain of individualism.”
"Despite its epochal effects, COVID‑19 is merely a harbinger of worse plagues to come. The U.S. cannot prepare for these inevitable crises if it returns to normal, as many of its people ache to do. Normal led to this." From 's new cover story
One of the truest and most brutal paragraphs written about an American president. From 's unsparing report on how we botched the pandemic.
This column from blazes with truth. "Recovery is possible, but it demands radical introspection." Physicians, we have power. What do we WANT? How do we re-design American healthcare?
The. Most. Important. Essay. You. Will. Ever. Read. About. Every. Rot. At. The. Heart. Of. The. Failed. American. Experiment.
COVID‑19 has touched + implicated nearly every facet of American society: its shortsighted leadership, its disregard for expertise, its racial inequities, its social-media culture, and its fealty to a dangerous strain of individualism. by
“Despite ample warning, the U.S.🇺🇸 squandered every possible opportunity to control the #coronavirus” -- How the pandemic brought the world’s most powerful country to its knees, by via #Covid19
"I have spoken with more than 100 experts in a variety of fields. I’ve learned that almost everything that went wrong with America’s response to the pandemic was predictable and preventable"
"Water running along a pavement will readily seep into every crack; so, too, did the unchecked coronavirus seep into every fault line in the modern world." #longreads
“Normal led to this. Normal was a world ever more prone to a pandemic but ever less ready for one. To avert another catastrophe, the U.S. needs to grapple with all the ways normal failed us.”
"Normal led to this. Normal was a world ever more prone to a pandemic but ever less ready for one. To avert another catastrophe, the U.S. needs to grapple with all the ways normal failed us." Absolute 🔥from today.
I was hit very, very hard by this paragraph in ’s excellent analysis of the pandemic in the USA. Why? Because it’s all so reasonable—and so seemingly impossible.
This is a devastatingly good piece on the failure to control COVID in the US, which sees health & safety as a matter of personal responsibility rather than a collective good. We ignore systemic flaws at our peril.
Read ’s epic on how America failed so totally, in every way, in its pandemic preparations and response.
Great piece ( cover). “Despite ample warning, the US squandered every possible opportunity to control the coronavirus” “& despite its considerable advantages—immense resources, biomedical might, scientific expertise—­­it floundered”
Why the Pandemic Is So Bad in America - The Atlantic. Incendiary journalism by ⁦⁩ - wow
One essential message of 's must-read article on how #COVID19 defeated America: Our public health programs were so successful that we took them for granted. Stopped investing in ourselves. Cut vital services. Now we need them, but they're gone.
Emphasizing that the scope & inequities in COVID sickness & loss in the US are both tragic AND entirely predictable & preventable shows that a different future is possible. Thanks to for this piece & consistent brilliance in reporting.
Devastating deep dive by into the egregious fuckeshittery that defines these United States of America.
Epic piece from ⁦⁩. My ⁦⁩ subscription just paid for itself. This is the definitive story of #COVID19 in the USA.
1. The US fixated on the wrong things 2. Public-health system was underfunded & unprepared 3. Long-running racial inequities were exploited 4. (Mis)information ecosystem allowed untruths to fester 5. Its president actively made the situation worse
Almost everything that went wrong with America’s response to the pandemic was predictable & preventable
"COVID‑19 is an assault on America’s body, and a referendum on the ideas that animate its culture. Recovery is possible, but it demands radical introspection." This is the choice: Look away and behind, or inward and ahead. Choose. /Fin
Great piece. We have so utterly failed Why the Pandemic Is So Bad in America - The Atlantic
A masterful, thorough analysis by on why the US was so vulnerable to COVID: As my fellowship in the US winds down, this article reminded me of some of our work during my time here, and how it intersects with parts of his broader analysis 1/7
This is a brilliant quote from 's article. of , who studies the political determinants of health. “Trump is president,” she says. “How could it go well?”
Why the Pandemic Is So Bad in America - The Atlantic
I have to be honest: I just finally finished reading 's piece, which I read in bursts this week — and wow, I fully intend in reading it again & taking notes while drinking coffee this weekend. I do have a couple comments. A thread. 1/
“The U.S. fundamentally failed in ways that were worse than I ever could have imagined“
This sweeping authoritative piece on America's failed #COVID19 response singles out US testing failure as prime mistake: "It’s hard to overstate how thoroughly the testing debacle incapacitated the U.S."
This autopsy report on America’s failure to control #Covid_19 must have been painful to write ⁦⁩. Hope it is still not too late to learn and change course.
'How the Pandemic Defeated America' by is a phenomenal j'accuse of the USA's terrible response to #COVID19. One of the best articles I have read this year
This seems definitive for the time being. Really outstanding
It’s a long read but it’s a good one. It lays bare every Swiss cheese hole that has aligned to create the disaster we see today in COVID America.
“The #pandemic has been both tragedy and teacher. Its very etymology offers a clue about what is at stake in the greatest challenges of the future, and what is needed to address them. Pandemic. Pan and demos. All people.” Essential reading, by
Tour de force review by of our nation's systematic failure to address SARS-CoV-2. Issues in our healthcare systems, lack of $ for prevention/pub health, an at times toxic social media landscape & a fundamental lack of leadership w/ this admin
wish this latest piece from could be required reading for everyone
An acquaintance showed up at a local clinic today @ 530am to get in line for COVID-19 rapid tests. When they opened at 8am, was told they only had 80 available. The US is not okay. captures why we're in this mess in his masterful magnum opus.
Another must-read by . Sobering. Important.
Future historians will refer to this article when chronicling the failed US response to Covid-19. It is both outstanding and depressing.
'academia (…) creates incentives for scientists to do attention-grabbing but irreproducible work. The pandemic strengthened those incentives by prompting a rush of panicked research and promising ambitious scientists global attention' by
If you only read one piece about international Covid-19 response, you're probably me: I wish I could cope with reading more about international Covid-19 response. But I think I made the right choice. 's piece is as good as everyone says
I have now read this piece a few times. It still amazes me with its precision, its ability to be political without being scandalous, its beauty in words, and the mind-blowing amount of research that it includes What did we do to deserve ?
This unfolds as a layered first draft of history, and an index for accountability efforts, but read to the very end, where still has the moral and journalistic energy to bring his capacious imagination to bear
Take a few moments from 🇨🇦’s long weekend for this exceptional work from ⁦⁩. Read. Every. Word. 🇺🇸 could not have done worse. 🇨🇦 could have done better. Lots to learn and do before September forces us back indoors.
"#COVID19 is an assault on America’s body & a referendum on the ideas that animate its culture. Recovery is possible, but it demands radical introspection." Heartbreaking & damning must-read by
"Trump is a comorbidity of the COVID‑19 pandemic." diagnoses the many, many maladies which lead to this debacle, and offers a vision of the "radical introspection" needed to overcome it. A must read.
Interesting bit in this piece about how energy-efficient buildings can be worse for spreading pathogens — not ideal in the coronavirus era. Is this always a trade-off? Or are there ways to improve both energy efficiency and ventilation?
“The U.S. cannot prepare for these inevitable crises if it returns to normal, as many of its people ache to do. Normal led to this. Normal was a world ever more prone to a pandemic but ever less ready for one.“ lays out our compounding failures
Reading Ed Yong’s new piece on how the US failed with Coronavirus. “COVID‑19 is merely a harbinger of worse plagues to come.” Eek.
How the Pandemic Defeated America: A virus has brought the world’s most powerful country to its knees. (A forensic account of the Trump administration's failings, and the social and economic conditions in the USA that made the pandemic so much worse.)
This paragraph at the top hints at some of those weaknesses--all discussed, all left to fester. 2/
Very thorough & powerful article by which lays out precisely what the title says.
Another masterclass piece by . This is an indictment of not only this administration, but decades of negligence and malfeasance cloaked as American exceptionalism.
The most comprehensive accounting of the COVID-19 epidemic in the U.S. I’ve read. Of particular note is examination of how US social, economic, political, & cultural institutions have intersected to produce such a severe outbreak + poor response
Everyone should read this article - it didn’t have to be this way... Yet, the many catastrophic failures also provide the guide toward meaningful resolution
"How will the U.S. fare when 'we can’t even deal with a starter pandemic?'" #COVID19 #publichealth
I can't get over how it's possible to pull individual sentences from this, and like a fractal they hold the entirety of the pandemic and the article within it. This is brilliant reporting and analysis. Of course. But the craft is on another level.
"COVID‐19 is an assault on America’s body, and a referendum on the ideas that animate its culture." writes.
"The U.S. cannot prepare for these inevitable crises if it returns to normal, as many of its people ache to do. Normal led to this. Normal was a world ever more prone to a pandemic but ever less ready for one." Crucial #longread
"The public-health system prevents sickness in populations instead of merely treating it in individuals. That system pairs uneasily with a national temperament that views health as a matter of personal responsibility rather than a collective good."
"America First was America oblivious." "With impunity, Trump lied. With impunity, the virus spread." "An infodemic of falsehoods spread alongside the actual virus." "Trump is a comorbidity of the COVID‑19 pandemic." -
Whether we’ll ever recover fully will be decided by the 2020 election.
Another tour de force by on how the U.S. mishandled everything about Covid-19 It wasn't just Trump, though–as para below shows–much was. Will we learn from these errors so we do better the next time? I wish I was more optimistic.
Almost everything that went wrong with America’s response to the pandemic was predictable and preventable beginning with a sluggish response by a government denuded of expertise. by ⁦
Here is 's cover story, the definitive explanation of how a virus brought America to its knees
Come for 's sweeping story of how the virus brought America to its knees. Stay for a beautifully rendered 212-word sentence embedded within
An excerpt from a brilliant piece on why the US failed on covid. Look closely. Which party was in charge when it hit? Which party has fought against healthcare reform? Which party supports racist policies & conspiracy theories on social media?
“Despite ample warning, the U.S. squandered every possible opportunity to control the coronavirus,” writes. “And despite its considerable advantages—immense resources, biomedical might, scientific expertise—­­it floundered.”
A must read! How the Pandemic Defeated America. A virus has brought the world’s most powerful country to its knees by Ed Yong, Atlantic magazine
Read every word of ⁦⁩ ‘s devastating account of how we failed. Have a tissue handy, or a punching bag, or both. Then figure out the logistics of casting your vote in November, and how you will help others in your community to do the same.
"Trump is a comorbidity of the COVID‑19 pandemic. He isn’t solely responsible for America’s fiasco, but he is central to it."
"To avert another catastrophe, the U.S. needs to grapple with all the ways normal failed us. It needs a full accounting of every recent misstep and foundational sin, every unattended weakness and unheeded warning, every festering wound and reopened scar."
PS. Several ppl have said to me they're not feeling up to reading this yet. To that: - It's not an easy topic; take care of yourself first. - I've tried to make the writing as lyrical as possible to compensate. - There *is* a note of hope at the end.
“In response to the global energy crisis of the 1970s, architects made structures more energy-efficient by sealing them off from outdoor air, reducing ventilation rates. Pollutants and pathogens built up indoors,ushering in the era of ‘sick buildings’”
“Trump is a comorbidity of the COVID‑19 pandemic. He isn’t solely responsible for America’s fiasco, but he is central to it.“
. isn't pulling any punches in his autopsy of America's covid-19 response.
I'm hardly the first person to point this out, but this passage from Ed Yong's stunning piece about COVID in the Atlantic perfectly summarizes the mess we're in.
Read Ed Yong's breathtaking piece on America's handling of Covid. It describes the fault-lines that led us here, so we might find our way out & avoid this when it comes again. Ed wrote about Covid first in January, he's been great reading the whole time.
Until today, I hadn't an experience of reading an article and immediately recognizing that it will eventually win a Pulitzer Prize.
This is a long read but worth gritting teeth* through for what could hardly be a more exemplary clusterfuck. Far from over and not feeling that the UK’s trajectory is much better as summer winds down. *Actually a great piece of writing. Just hard to read
“One study showed that the odds of catching the virus from an infected person are roughly 19 times higher indoors than in open air.”
A must-read on how the covid-19 "humbled & humiliated the planet's most powerful nation... full accounting of every recent misstep & foundational sin, every unattended weakness and unheeded warning, every festering wound and reopened scar." by
This is tough but fair on the reason the U.S. has had a bad pandemic. Unlike many other pieces in the genre, it gets beyond "It's all Trump's fault" (e.g. ' recent effort) by identifying the many vulnerabilities that long predated Trump
Always. Read. ! This is piece weaves together the appalling history of how #publichealth has been ignored & downsized & what roles this has played in the #COVID19 pandemic & equally, how this moment fueled the current #blacklivesmatter movement
How the #Pandemic Defeated America | An Insightful, Incisive Treatise by Ed Jong | #OpenAccess in September Issue
Why the Pandemic Is So Bad in America - ⁦⁩ a “must read” article by Ed Young. At the end of the day poor leadership left America unprepared and the response has been less than optimal.
This is the most damning magazine article I've ever read, by
How the Pandemic Defeated America 🦠🇺🇸🔥
One study showed that the odds of catching the virus from an infected person are roughly 19 times higher indoors than in open air
How the Pandemic Defeated America 🇺🇸. A virus has brought the world’s most powerful country to its knees. Why did the US fail so spectacularly in its covid19 response while other nations raised to the occasion. Brilliant
Brace yourself and read this. I subscribed to because of 's reporting, and this is his most important article yet.
Essential reading by on how we got here.
A valuable, comprehensive piece, about why #COVID19 has hit America so hard, by
This masterpiece from will be required reading for future generations. He is quite literally writing history as we live through it.
How did the #COVID19 pandemic defeat America? There are lots of reasons, but the interaction between. polarization and social media was calamitous. “The social internet as a system is broken”
Why the Pandemic Is So Bad in America. Fantastic article that lays bare our lack of healthcare infrastructure and the inequalities that is so pervasive. We must change and adapt like this virus has done to prevent the next catastrophe.
"almost everything that went wrong with America’s response to the pandemic was predictable and preventable...It has lost its status as a global leader...careened between inaction and ineptitude” Must-read from
A stunning read from detailing how "almost everything that went wrong with America’s response to the pandemic was predictable and preventable." #covid19
“Trump is a comorbidity of the #COVID19 pandemic.” writes. “He isn’t solely responsible for America’s fiasco, but he is central to it.”
This is a truly beautiful and tragic and meticulous piece. I know that is to be expected from but he decided to present us with excellence once again
“How did it come to this? A virus a thousand times smaller than a dust mote has humbled and humiliated the planet’s most powerful nation.” ⁩ explains
You could structure an entire intro soc course around this fantastic piece by on the roots of America’s failure to handle COVID, covering everything from racial inequality to social media to the absurd linkage of health insurance and employment
"almost everything that went wrong with America’s response to the pandemic was predictable and preventable" Definitive account to date of the US tragedy of incompetence and neglect, by .
This! Another must-read from the peerless
#COVID19: “Despite ample warning, the U.S. squandered every possible opportunity to control the coronavirus,” writes. “And despite its considerable advantages—immense resources, biomedical might, scientific expertise—­­it floundered.”
Finally read that piece. It's heartbreaking and maddening and hopeful and weirdly omnipotent in the way it brings disparate threads together into a clear, concise explanation of how we got here. You should read it. But THIS GRAF. 🔥🔥🔥
“Despite ample warning, the U.S. squandered every possible opportunity to control the coronavirus,” writes. “And despite its considerable advantages—immense resources, biomedical might, scientific expertise—­­it floundered.”
This right here: "Humanity has squeezed the world’s wildlife in a crushing grip—and viruses have come bursting out."
How the Pandemic Defeated America: A virus has brought the world’s most powerful country to its knees. #covid19 #covid19usa #pandemic
Well, yeah. I'm not happy about our current circumstances but this article from pretty much nails 'em Oh America
This passage will certainly ring a bell in the ears of many Belgians and Dutch. Or how to undermine trust in science by being overconfident, downplaying uncertainty and "strategically" withholding information. /2 #mondmaskers
Wow, this is a great piece by Ed Yong () on the pandemic. It's mostly about how the most powerful and richest country on the planet was humiliated by a tiny virus, but it's well worth reading for non-Americans too. (in ) /1
Start your week with this fierce and sweeping article by "the coronavirus found, exploited, and widened every inequity that the U.S. had to offer."
"Some COVID‑19 survivors have been hit with seven-figure medical bills" How the #pandemic defeated #America in Whew
This is just brilliant from "Pandemics, climate change, the sixth extinction of wildlife, food and water shortages... It is now abundantly clear what happens when global disasters collide with historical negligence
Folks who responded to the headline with "It's easy: Trump", or some other equally witty variant, are spectacularly missing the point. And are still looking away from the many systemic problems at hand. 11/
and the other is about the US.
Immunology is central to the pandemic’s biggest mysteries. Understanding it is key. “Which is unfortunate because, you see, the immune system is very complicated,” Ed Yong, who also wrote one of our latest cover stories, explains.
Must read as we battle #COVID19 and face the #ClimateCrisis #SixthExtinction, inequality in our global economy without necessary resilience. Thx ⁦ ⁩ ⁦⁩ writing - a ray of light in dark times.
“Despite ample warning, the U.S. squandered every possible opportunity to control the coronavirus,” writes. “And despite its considerable advantages—immense resources, biomedical might, scientific expertise—­­it floundered.”
Why the Pandemic Is So Bad in America ⁦⁩ outstanding article and last three paragraphs are spot on!
“Despite ample warning, the U.S. squandered every possible opportunity to control the coronavirus,” writes. “And despite its considerable advantages—immense resources, biomedical might, scientific expertise—­­it floundered.”
Why the Pandemic Is So Bad in America - The Atlantic
Why the Pandemic Is So Bad in America - The Atlantic
"Recovery is possible, but it demands radical introspection." Please, set aside some time this Monday to read 's call to action. #Covid19
The point of this story, then, was to document as many of those weaknesses as possible. I don't claim to have got it all. But it's as full as accounting as I could manage in 8000 words. 10/
“Despite ample warning, the U.S. squandered every possible opportunity to control the coronavirus,” writes. “And despite its considerable advantages—immense resources, biomedical might, scientific expertise—­­it floundered.” TRUMP'S FOLLY
“Despite ample warning, the U.S. squandered every possible opportunity to control the coronavirus,” writes. “And despite its considerable advantages—immense resources, biomedical might, scientific expertise—­­it floundered.”
When you realize you already knew most of what is saying, but hadn't put it together: 😖😖😖
How the #coronavirus Pandemic Defeated America: A virus has brought the world’s most powerful country to its knees. via
You know whose arguments are holding up well? Jared Diamond's. Has he written a big "I-told-you-so" article? I don't think he has.
How the #Pandemic Defeated America | An Insightful, Incisive Treatise by Ed Jong | #OpenAccess in September Issue
Why the Pandemic Is So Bad in America - The Atlantic
Why the Pandemic Is So Bad in America - The Atlantic
"America has failed to protect its people, leaving them with illness and financial ruin. It has lost its status as a global leader. . . . The breadth and magnitude of its errors are difficult, in the moment, to truly fathom."
How the #Pandemic Defeated America | An Insightful, Incisive Treatise by Ed Jong | #OpenAccess in September Issue
America’s failings have been laid bare by Covid-19 and grossly exacerbated by a dysfunctional president, writes
Wow: “It is now abundantly clear what happens when global disasters collide with historical negligence.” Superb from ⁦
“Trump is a comorbidity of the COVID-19 pandemic.” Do not miss ‘s cover story in
ICYMI, this piece by is a must-read, even if you think you've read everything else written so far about #COVID19 in the United States #publichealth #inequality #healthequity
Straight talk about the US response to the coronavirus epidemic from
“Despite ample warning, the U.S. squandered every possible opportunity to control the coronavirus,” writes. “And despite its considerable advantages—immense resources, biomedical might, scientific expertise—­­it floundered.”
Compared to our international peers, the US has been failing on numerous measures of health, survival, and wellbeing for decades. The US failure with Covid19 isn't exceptional, it's a continuation of long term trends.
'It is hard to stare directly at the biggest problems of our age. Pandemics, climate change, the sixth extinction of wildlife, food and water shortages—their scope is planetary...their stakes are overwhelming. We have no choice...but to grapple w/ them.'
anyone else read the second sentence here, "A virus a thousand times smaller than a dust mote has humbled and humiliated the planet’s most powerful nation", & immediately think, "da da da DA, The chance of anything coming from Mars"? Via
Why didn’t Obama administration restock the Strategic National Stockpile? “The 100 million respirators and masks that had been dispersed during the 2009 flu pandemic were never replaced. Just 13 million respirators were left.”
Among many excellent sentences: in 's Atlantic article on the US response to the pandemic: "The country behaved like a horror-movie character who believes the danger is over, even though the monster is still at large."
"It is hard to stare directly at the biggest problems of our age...their stakes are overwhelming. We have no choice, though, but to grapple with them. It is now abundantly clear what happens when global disasters collide with historical negligence."
the atlantic article
"America first was America oblivious." Excellent piece by Ed Yong on the history of the policy mistakes that got the US into this mess.
Great read . Sad story. How the Pandemic Defeated America
"The long wait for a vaccine will likely culminate in a predictable way: Many Americans will refuse to get it, and among those who want it, the most vulnerable will be last in line."
"Despite ample warning, the U.S. squandered every possible opportunity to control the coronavirus." "Autopsy" is an apt term to describe how American policymakers did not just fail — but failed so completely that #COVID19 "defeated" America.
“America First was America oblivious." Another remarkable #Covid19 essay by . This paragraph alone merits a Pulitzer:
“The U.S. cannot prepare for these inevitable crises if it returns to normal, as many of its people ache to do. Normal led to this.” [email protected]
Today's longform on #COVID19 in the US from one of my favorite science writers - worth a read
3/ embedded within China’s CDC. #AmericaFirstwasAmericaoblivious."
4/ in Africa and the 2016 U.S. election became vectors for conspiracy theories during the 2020 pandemic."
Reading on #COVID19. He is so good about what is so bad about US response...😖😖😱
Once again, I am asking you to read every word that is writing about the COVID-19 pandemic. A few things that stuck out to me
In the battle of Trump vs. COVID-19, all the virus had to do to win was show up. (via )
America has failed miserably at our pandemic response, writes of . But it's not all doom & gloom. "America is ripe for systemic change," he says.
Finally got the time to read this. Absolutely excellent and devastating. Should probably only be read with a chaser or a Zoloft.
ICYMI. America's response to #COVID19.
The COVID‑19 debacle has ... implicated nearly every other facet of American society: its shortsighted leadership, its disregard for expertise, its racial inequities, its social-media culture, and its fealty to a dangerous strain of individualism
Everyone should read this shocking blow by blow of how "the U.S. squandered every possible opportunity to control the coronavirus" by writes.
This is a remarkable piece by ⁦⁩. A stinging indictment of the inept and callous response.
.'s latest and greatest long read on the pandemic: #Coronavirus #Pandemic #America
Weekend Reading: in . An outstanding analysis of the US pandemic response. A myriad of missed opportunities and important lessons for the future. Let's view this as a profound learning opportunity. #WeAreAllInThisTogether
Why the Pandemic Is So Bad in America by ⁦
How the #Pandemic Defeated America | An Insightful, Incisive Treatise by Ed Jong | #OpenAccess in September Issue
"The U.S. failed in ways that were worse than I ever could have imagined. ... Normal led to this. Normal was a world ever more prone to a pandemic but ever less ready for one. ... The U.S. needs to grapple with the ways normal failed us."
The United States is in terrible trouble . This brilliant piece explains why.
ICYMI: “The U.S. squandered every possible opportunity to control the coronavirus,” writes. It "found, exploited and widened every inequity that the U.S. had to offer." This is great journalism.
Powerful piece by on our failing pandemic response. Including this important message: "America would be wise to help reverse the ruination of the natural world, a process that continues to shunt animal diseases into human bodies."
1/ If you haven't read this superb article on how we failed against the pandemic, by , you must.
For those with the stomach for it, has written an epic-length reflection on the US response to COVID-19, including the many failures that contributed to the current poor situation
Public Health right there. And why America needs to get its collective groove back.
“COVID‑19 is an assault on America’s body, and a referendum on the ideas that animate its culture. Recovery is possible, but it demands radical introspection.”
“Despite ample warning, the U.S. squandered every possible opportunity to control the coronavirus,” writes. “And despite its considerable advantages—immense resources, biomedical might, scientific expertise—­­it floundered.” CRITICAL PLS RETWEET
Ed Yong - brilliant as usual: "The pandemic has been both tragedy and teacher. Its very etymology offers a clue about what is at stake in the greatest challenges of the future, and what is needed to address them. Pandemic. Pan and demos. All people."
As states eloquently, "A pandemic can be prevented in two ways: Stop an infection from ever arising, or stop an infection from becoming thousands more. The first way is likely impossible"
Fantastic article by His reporting made all the better for interviewing and quoting many EXPERTS WHO ARE WOMEN. 👏
'Defeated' is a harsh word. But the many missteps chronicled in this epic article demand a harsh assessment - "How the Pandemic Defeated America. A virus has brought the world’s most powerful country to its knees."
Amazing #longread from . The definitive history of a catastrophic failure. #mustread
"It is hard to stare directly at the biggest problems of our age... We have no choice, though, but to grapple with them." writes so broadly and clearly about this utterly American disaster. 30 minutes to read, not just see the headline & RT.
It is clear that has outdone himself. Again. #US #covid19 #coronavirus
How the Pandemic Defeated America: A virus has brought the world’s most powerful country to its knees [Aug 4, 2020] Ed Yong #COVID19 #CCC19
“Despite ample warning, the U.S. squandered every possible opportunity to control the coronavirus,” writes. “And despite its considerable advantages—immense resources, biomedical might, scientific expertise—­­it floundered.”
Why the Pandemic Is So Bad in America - The Atlantic
The huge work by is like a Leonard Cohen song, dense with heartbreak and truth.