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The Week Magazine March 27, 2020

The Week makes sense of the news by curating the best of the U.S. and international media into a succinct, lively digest.

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2 min.
editor’s letter

When the doors of my commuter train whooshed open at Grand Central Terminal on my last day in the office, about 20 stragglers emerged one by one from the long line of cars, rather than the usual hundreds. The terminal’s Main Concourse was a vast, nearly empty cave. As people passed each other there and on the eerily quiet streets, we glanced at each other with a paradoxical mixture of fear and kinship. In this plague year, we are all potential disease vectors—threats to each other’s well-being. And yet we are all in this together. To minimize the number of deaths and the damage Covid-19 will inflict, we will need to cooperate, sacrifice for the greater good, and take care of those who lose their jobs or become sick. We…

5 min.
coronavirus paralyzes the u.s.

What happened American life ground to a halt this week as the coronavirus swept across the country, prompting a historically unprecedented effort to isolate people in their homes. With schools, offices, bars, and restaurants closing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that widespread “social distancing” was necessary to slow the virus’ spread and prevent the CDC’s worst-case scenario of 160 million to 214 million Americans infected and 200,000 to 1.7 million dead. All the major sports leagues suspended their seasons, and the NCAA basketball tournament was canceled. Schools were closed for some 30 million children, or half of national enrollment. Americans, everywhere, confronted eerie scenes of emptiness (see Talking Points) while U.S. infections soared past 7,500, with 124 deaths. Globally, the tally of those sickened surpassed 200,000, with more…

3 min.
biden extends his commanding lead over sanders

What happened Pressure mounted on Sen. Bernie Sanders to exit the Democratic presidential race this week, after Joe Biden accelerated his march to the nomination with decisive wins in three major primaries. The former vice president trounced Sanders in Florida, winning 62 percent of the vote to Sanders’ 23 percent, and won by wide margins in Illinois and Arizona. In Ohio, where Biden was a heavy favorite, Gov. Mike DeWine postponed the primary at the eleventh hour over coronavirus concerns. The wins, part of a three-week streak that has given Biden a delegate lead of 1,132 to 817, makes it all but impossible for Sanders to reach the 1,991 delegates needed to secure the party nomination. In Florida, Sanders failed to win even a single county; in Illinois, where Sanders took…

1 min.
it wasn’t all bad

A customer left a hefty tip for staff at his local watering hole in Ohio this week, just hours before the state’s governor ordered all bars and restaurants to shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. Knowing employees at the Coaches Bar and Grill in Columbus would struggle in the weeks ahead, the unnamed customer tipped $2,500 on a $30 check. “Please split this tab equally,” he wrote. For someone to “care enough about people that give him a beer and a hamburger once in a while, that means a lot,” said owner Benny Leonard. “It’s humanity at its best.” Helena Schlam is in self-imposed quarantine at her Ohio home, but the 78-year-old isn’t lacking for entertainment. Taran Tien, 9, and his sister Calliope, 6, this week staged a classical musical concert…

3 min.
trump: can he recover from bungling the pandemic?

“It took a stock market crash” and a personal intervention from Fox News host Tucker Carlson, but it seems President Trump has finally “snapped out of coronavirus delusion mode,” said Jonathan Swan in Axios.com. Trump’s public remarks on the pandemic had a new seriousness this week, and he laid out dramatic new measures to blunt the human and economic impact of coronavirus in the U.S. The question is whether the shift came too late to save his presidency. Clearly, said Peter Wehner in TheAtlantic.com, it came far too late. Thousands of Americans are about to die because for three long months, as the virus raged through Asia and then Europe, Trump “brazenly denied reality” since he saw it as a threat to the booming stock market and his re-election. Insisting…

1 min.
good week/bad week

Good week for: Health and safety, after the official ISIS newspaper al-Naba advised its scattered army of martyrdom-seeking terrorists to avoid Europe, “the land of the epidemic,” for fear of catching coronavirus, a “torment sent by God on whomsoever He wills.” Loggers, whose odds of contracting Covid-19 is the lowest of any of hundreds of professions analyzed by The New York Times. The nation’s 4,680 tree fellers enjoy so much well-ventilated personal space on the job that they are at lower risk of infection than even our 11,620 “painters, sculptors, and illustrators.” Retirement planning, with reports that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been reaching out to senior conservative judges and urging them to consider quitting so they can be replaced while the White House and Senate are still in Republican hands. Bad week…