National Geographic Magazine

National Geographic Magazine

November 2020

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12 Edities

in deze editie

2 min.
life with covid-19


8 min.
a letter to my generation

WHO KNEW THAT stay-at-home orders could bring so much displacement? That’s how the spring of 2020 felt for many in our generation—we who were just starting to get a glimpse of independence and adulthood before the pandemic came crashing down. Maybe we need a name, those of us who are currently 18 to 25 years old, instead of remaining just a purgatorial generation: feeling like we’re too young to be millennials but not young enough for Gen Z. I’m not sold on any of the names I’ve heard us called—Rainbow Generation, zillennials, Generation Screwed. Yet the unavoidable fact is that we’re at a critical turning point in our personal lives at a time when the world seems to be imploding in so many ways. As lockdowns were spreading earlier this year, hardly any…

2 min.
the race to vaccinate

PROTECTING THE HERD To make COVID-19 harder to spread, experts believe as much as 70 percent of the population may need to have recovered from the disease or be protected by vaccination; the remaining populace would still be susceptible to the disease. If an early vaccine is only 50 percent effective—the FDA’s current minimum threshold—a 100 percent vaccination rate alone would not achieve herd immunity but could offer protection from more severe impacts of the virus. DATA AS OF AUGUST 2020 SOURCES: PRASHANT YADAV, CENTER FOR GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT AND INSEAD; MARGARET A. LIU, INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR VACCINES; JOHN J. DONNELLY, VACCINOLOGY CONSULTING, LLC.; UNICEF; WHO…

5 min.
what covid-19 took from this black community

FROM THE TIME they began dating, Lillian Phillips realized Larry Hammond was different from other boys she knew in their New Orleans high schools. “He had charisma,” she says. “He was always there. He was always kind.” Lillian and Larry married, had a family, and built friendships. Just as in high school, Larry joined group after group, including the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, a community organization whose Krewe of Zulu members and floats have appeared in Mardi Gras parades for more than a century. The Larry Hammond that I and many others came to know over decades was the same man Lillian met in high school: charismatic, helpful, kind. He was like that through 47 years of marriage: In June the two planned to celebrate their 48th wedding anniversary. That didn’t…

4 min.

CÉDRIC GERBEHAYE dressed as advised by the medical workers around him: face mask, face shield, body suit, double bags over his shoes, double gloves over his hands. The outer gloves were plastic, taped to seal out virus. He learned to hold and work his camera through plastic. In a Brussels nursing home he watched an aged woman look into the eyes of the nurse who had come to test her for COVID-19. “J’ai peur,” the woman said. The nurse took her hands, leaned in close, and said: I’m scared too. She and her team were testing nearly 150 people on that day alone. When she turned to Gerbehaye afterward, her voice was thick in a way that stays with him still; she sounded broken, tough, grieving, and furious, all at once.…

4 min.

THE PANDEMIC CRIPPLED the mudik, which is what Indonesians call the great holiday migration of city people traveling to see their families in villages and the countryside. Indonesia’s Muslim population is the world’s largest, and the Ramadan mudik is massive. In an ordinary year, as the month of daily fasting comes to a celebratory close, photographer Muhammad Fadli would buckle his wife and daughter into the family’s Nissan van and brave the traffic out of the capital, Jakarta. The trip to Fadli’s hometown takes 36 hours by winding roads and ferry, but his parents are there. Fadli is their only child. Late this past April, with infection numbers soaring and Ramadan about to begin, the Indonesian government restricted region-to-region travel for six weeks: a “mudik ban,” the Jakarta Post called it.…