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A health officer attaching a mumps quarantine sign to the front porch of a house in Pennsylvania, c. 1920-1935. (Wellcome Collection/CC BY 4.0)
Embrace the spirit of Emerson and lead us out of lockdown.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE W e’ve experienced a heartbreaking 9,000 Chinese-virus deaths, three-tenths of 1 percent of the 2.9 million American deaths from all causes last year and 6 percent of the 120,000 influenza and pneumonia deaths last year. New York City is the center, overwhelmed by a mass health emergency that you’d think September 11 might have coaxed it to anticipate. So many heroes among doctors, nurses, cops, firefighters, and paramedics.

We also have at least 12 million newly unemployed, hundreds of thousands of small businesses on the brink, millions of terrified elderly and frantic breadwinners, millions of children out of school for months, almost


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