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The Week Magazine April 10, 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’ve never met Dr. Anthony Fauci, but I know him like an uncle. We both grew up in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, some years apart; his parents ran the Fauci pharmacy on 83rd Street and 13th Avenue, and young Tony delivered prescriptions. It was a mostly working-class neighborhood with its share of tough guys and wiseguys, but there were also plenty of smart, conscientious Italian-American kids like Tony who studied their way out. When I hear his accent and his scratchy voice, I am transported to Sunday dinner with my 96-year-old mom’s innumerable relatives. (Her maiden name is Puglisi.) So I was predisposed to fond feelings for Fauci even before he and fellow coronavirus task force member Dr. Deborah Birx helped persuade President Trump this week that “getting back to normal”…

5 min.
trump agrees to another month of distancing

What happened The United States became the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic this week, as case numbers soared across the nation and federal health officials warned that as many as 240,000 Americans could die even under a best-case scenario. As The Week went to press on Wednesday, more than 200,000 Americans had tested positive for the virus and over 4,600 had died, with the numbers rising exponentially. More than 1 out of 4 of the fatalities were in New York City, where hospitals were deluged with critical and dying patients, though the virus reached across every state. With over three-quarters of Americans under movement restrictions, life has ground to a halt across much of the nation, with businesses shuttered, schools and universities emptied, malls and sports stadiums dark, and mass…

3 min.
covid-19 spreading across the country

What happened The coronavirus pandemic intensified across the U.S. this week, with caseloads soaring in hard-hit cities such as New Orleans and Detroit and new hot spots flaring in almost every state. Michigan reported nearly 7,700 infections and at least 264 deaths as of midweek, and Chicago turned the McCormick Place convention center into a 3,000-bed field hospital. In Georgia’s rural Dougherty County—population 90,000—an outbreak that began among attendees at a funeral has killed at least 27 people and infected some 480 more. After weeks of pressure from public health officials, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered residents to remain in their homes for all but essential activities, joining more than 30 states that have instituted a lockdown. But governors in Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Alabama, and elsewhere remained resistant to ordering…

1 min.
it wasn’t all bad

When the University of Minnesota Medical School moved its classes online, students Sruthi Shankar and Sara Lederman suddenly had a lot more time on their hands. Desperate to help those on the front lines of the pandemic, the pair began recruiting med students to assist doctors, nurses, and pharmacists—not at the hospital, but in their homes. Within days, 280 people had volunteered with the MN CovidSitters program, and were providing child and pet care and doing grocery runs for health-care workers. “Not only does it take a village,” said Lederman, “it takes a brilliant, humble, determined village.” A Milwaukee neighborhood went Jurassic in a bid to beat the lockdown blues. Hoping to lift local families’ spirits and break “the monotony of being socially isolated,” Stacy Meyer said, she and a couple…

3 min.
health-care workers: life on the pandemic’s front lines

The situation in New York City hospitals is “‘post-apocalyptic—like in one of those movies I used to watch,’” emergency nurse Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez told Ariana Eunjung Cha in The Washington Post. As the city’s Covid-19 death toll passed 1,000 this week, and with the “apex” of infections and deaths still weeks away, New York health-care workers are already close to their physical and emotional breaking point. With personal protective equipment (PPE) in short supply, doctors and nurses are reusing disposable masks and wearing goggles and helmets and even plastic bags brought from home as they navigate hallways and waiting rooms filled with coughing, gasping, dying patients. These heroes are working 12-hour shifts to save lives even as they know that they could be next, said Bari Weiss in The New York…

1 min.
good week/bad week

Good week for: Safest sex, after New York City’s Department of Health issued an advisory recommending masturbation during the pandemic. “You are your safest sex partner,” the department noted. Gorillas, with news that staff at New York’s Bronx Zoo are donning full protective gear during the pandemic, given the genetic similarities between apes and humans and the possibility of viral transmission between the two species. Objective reality, after the Federal Emergency Management Agency added a “Coronavirus Rumor Control” page to its website. Visitors are informed that “FEMA does not have military personnel” and is thus incapable of imposing martial law, and that there are currently no magic cures or treatments for Covid-19. Bad week for: Liberation, after Britain’s Daily Mail warned women that going bra-less for weeks while quarantined at home could damage Cooper’s ligament…