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The Week Magazine April 3, 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

I live in a two-bedroom Brooklyn apartment that many realtors would generously describe as “oversize.” But after nearly two weeks of pandemic lockdown—during which my 950-square-foot home has become a workplace for me and my wife and a school for our 4- and 7-year-old—it’s starting to feel distinctly undersize. My wife and I have tried to turn our bedroom into a makeshift office and have designated the dining room as the kids’ workspace, but our zoning regulations are poorly enforced and constantly flouted. Our son (an aspiring construction worker) repeatedly zooms into the bedroom on his ride-on excavator shouting that he’s bored and/or hungry; our daughter (an aspiring gymnast and coder) will cartwheel in and beg to pretty please borrow one of the laptops that we’re working on. While I’m…

5 min.
america locks down as coronavirus spreads

What happened A surge of new coronavirus infections swept across the country this week, as a World Health Organization official warned that the U.S. could become the new global epicenter of the disease. Nearly 60,000 cases and over 800 deaths were reported nationwide by Wednesday, with New York City emerging as the chief hot spot, and clusters in the Pacific Northwest, Gulf Coast, and Upper Midwest. With hospitals in hard-hit cities already reporting overwhelmed staff and looming shortages of beds, ventilators, and protective gear, 17 states and many cities have instituted stay-home orders, covering 175 million Americans. But even as cases were doubling every few days, President Trump vowed to “have the country opened up and raring to go” by Easter, April 12, to revive the reeling economy. “The real people,”…

3 min.
a $2 trillion rescue plan for the u.s. economy

What happened The White House and both parties in Congress rushed to save a cratering American economy this week, coming to terms on the largest federal stimulus and rescue plan in U.S. history. The sprawling $2 trillion package is designed to counteract an economic contraction unprecedented in U.S. history, with projections of 3 million new unemployment claims this week alone—five times the number in the worst week of the Great Recession—and an economy shrinking by 30 percent. Senate Democrats and Republicans agreed on $1,200 direct payments to working- and-middle-class adults. The deal, subject to a House vote and President Trump’s approval, also includes $130 billion for hospitals, as well as $350 billion in loans for small businesses and $500 billion for loans to large companies. The Federal Reserve pledged to keep…

2 min.
it wasn’t all bad

Cavanaugh Bell is a very busy 7-year-old. The Maryland first-grader runs an anti-bullying nonprofit and has helped ship clean water to Flint, Mich. And when he heard about the coronavirus, he knew he had to act. Using his $600 savings, Cavanaugh went shopping with his mom and bought cartloads of hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, and snacks. He divided the goods into 65 care packages and handed them out at his grandma’s senior living community—while wearing gloves and a mask. “I like giving back,” he explained. “That’s my passion.” Jonny Blue was beginning to lose his faith in humanity. The 33-year-old physical therapist and avid surfer had seen reports of people across the country hoarding toilet paper amid the coronavirus pandemic, and was horrified that a close friend couldn’t find diapers and…

3 min.
covid-19: how long can we continue social distancing?

Well, that didn’t take long, said Dana Milbank in The Washington Post. The number of illnesses and deaths from Covid-19 in the U.S. is soaring, but only a week after his “tepid embrace of social distancing,” President Trump this week decided that “we can’t let the cure be worse than the problem.” On Fox News, Trump proclaimed that he “would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter,” April 12. This is, of course, madness. Given the disease’s 14-day incubation period, and the ease with which asymptomatic people transmit it, sending Americans back to work so soon will “risk the lives of hundreds of thousands, if not millions”—most of them the elderly and vulnerable. But Trump and his sycophants in the GOP have decided…

1 min.
good week/bad week

Good week for: Priorities, after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo exempted liquor stores from his order closing all “nonessential” businesses. “We are probably three times as busy as we usually are,” said Sonny Singh of Liquor World in Syracuse. “People are stocking up.” Shortcuts, after Pope Francis advised the planet’s 1.2 billion Catholics that if they can’t confess in person to a priest during the pandemic, they should “speak directly to God.” The pope recommended assuring God that “‘I will go to confession afterward, but forgive me now.’” Tom Hanks, who tweeted that he and wife Rita Wilson both “feel better” two weeks after being diagnosed with Covid-19. “Going to take a while,” the 63-year-old star said, “but if we take care of each other, and give up some comforts…this, too, shall pass.” Bad…