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- Spreading the Coronavirus to Own the LibsEditor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers. Find the collection here.For Geoff Frost, the first sign of the coronavirus culture war came last weekend on the golf course. His country club, located in an affluent suburb of Atlanta, had recently introduced a slew of new policies to encourage social distancing. The communal water jugs were gone, the restaurant was closed, and golfers had been asked to limit themselves to one person per cart. Frost, a 43-year-old Democrat, told me the club’s mix of younger liberals and older conservatives had always gotten along just fine—but the guidelines were proving divisive. At the driving range, while Frost and his like-minded friends slathered on hand sanitizer and kept six feet apart, the white-haired Republicans seemed to delight in breaking the new rules. They made a show of shaking hands, and complained loudly about the “stupid hoax”… ..... Read More.5 days ago
- The Atlantic Politics Daily: The Social-Distancing Culture WarIt’s Monday, March 30. More states announced stay-at-home orders, and the White House extended its social distancing guidelines to until at least May.In today’s newsletter: The social-distancing culture war. Plus: Take a tour of these drive-in movie theaters.*« TODAY IN POLITICS »(Ina Jang)Social distancing is a political act now.There once was a time at the beginning of this pandemic when public health experts’ call for Americans to limit their public activity and practice rigorous social distancing hadn’t yet been swept up in the language of a culture war.School closures came quickly across blue and red states, people of all parties quickly dispensed hand-washing advice, and “flatten the curve” seemed like a unifying rallying cry.That rare slice of unpolarized American life is waning, my colleague McKay Coppins writes: The consensus didn’t last long. President Trump, having apparently grown impatient with all the quarantines and lockdowns, began last week to call for… ..... Read More.5 days ago
- Mitigating impacts of COVID-19 on food trade and marketsJoint Statement by QU Dongyu, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Roberto Azevedo, Directors-General of FAO, WHO and WTO ..... Read More.6 days ago
- Fighting Coronavirus Rumors Is Our Civic DutyHave you heard about taking a hot bath to kill the virus? Not only does it not work, but the World Health Organization is warning the public that people could scald themselves trying it. Then there’s the claim that the antimalarial chloroquine is a miracle drug. While the jury is still out on its efficacy, chloroquine is also potentially very dangerous, having recently killed a man in Arizona who drank it after hearing President Donald Trump call it “a tremendous breakthrough.”[Derek Thompson: All the coronavirus statistics are flawed]The world has faced, and overcome, pandemics before. We’ve never faced one in this information climate. This is, as the World Health Organization declared in February, an infodemic: “an over-abundance of information—some accurate and some not—that makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it.”So what do you do when a friend or family member sends… ..... Read More.6 days ago
- The Lethal Threat of Coronavirus FuneralsI have a friend who makes his living among the dead. On the phone last week, his voice was unfamiliarly heavy. “Everyone at the office is stressed,” he told me. “It’s like anger and hindsight combined.” Andrew de Michaelis, 31, had just returned from a shift at his family crematory in Orange County, California. He was preparing to stay up late with his younger brother, Will, to map out their plans for the next several weeks, perhaps months, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in his region. “It’s hard not to want to scream at someone and be like, ‘Listen and understand what I’m telling you—it’s worse than you think.’”Undertaking is famously recession-proof. Before entering the cremation industry, de Michaelis worked at one of those two-syllable lifestyle start-ups that hawk twee household products. You’ve probably seen the ads: flat fonts, pastel backgrounds, tranquil characters living serene little lives. Until a… ..... Read More.6 days ago
- Introducing the soaring melodies of Azure RyderHow one of pop’s brightest new voices found confidence by taking control of a plane. ..... Read More.7 days ago