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.Â Whenever the lockdown is lifted â€“ and lifting it too soon will have lethal consequences â€“ 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. â€œEveryone wants to know when this will end,â€ said Devi Sridhar, a public-health expert at the University of Edinburgh. â€œThatâ€™s not the right question. The right question is: How do we continue?â€