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Thinking in a Pandemic

We’ve brought together all our COVID-19 coverage in one place. Here you’ll find the latest arguments from doctors and epidemiologists, philosophers and economists, legal scholars and historians, activists and citizens, as they think not just through this moment but beyond it.

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Andrew Jewett

For a century, critics of all political stripes have challenged the role of science in society. Repairing distrust today requires confronting those arguments head on.

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Matt Lord

COVID-19 is not just a public health crisis. It is also a crisis of public reason.

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In addition to our usual four annual print books, this fall we are publishing a special supplement on the crisis of science and policy in the age of COVID-19. Preorder now.

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Andrew Elrod Mark Engler

Tax policies like New Jersey’s new Millionaires Tax are morally and economically essential.

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Adam Gaffney

COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on Black communities is just one of many respiratory inequities shaped by systemic racism.

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Nanjala Nyabola

To ask why COVID-19 hasn’t been deadlier in Africa is to suggest that more Africans should be dying. We need better questions.

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Arnab Acharya Sanjay G. Reddy

Ensuring a COVID-19 vaccine is available to all makes both moral and economic sense.

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John Merrick

Pestilence and plague have often prompted waves of apocalyptic thinking, calling into question the steady march of progress in human history.

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Carmen Lea Dege

While existentialist thinking has much wisdom to offer about anxiety, contingency, and death, we must also think concretely about politics and institutions.

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Aslı U. Bâli Hanna Lerner

The COVID-19 crisis presents a unique and urgent opportunity to rebalance power away from executives and back to legislatures.

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