The next two years

Ed Yong is one of our best science writers, and this piece for The Atlantic is a clear-eyed look on where we all go from here. Whenever the lockdown is lifted – and lifting it too soon will have lethal consequences – we will not just go back to business as usual.

The pandemic is not a hurricane or a wildfire. It is not comparable to Pearl Harbor or 9/11. Such disasters are confined in time and space. The SARS-CoV-2 virus will linger through the year and across the world. “Everyone wants to know when this will end,” said Devi Sridhar, a public-health expert at the University of Edinburgh. “That’s not the right question. The right question is: How do we continue?”