Faustian Fear: COVID-19 and Suffering in America 

Los Angeles Rams offensive line coach Aaron Kromer wears a face mask during training camp in Thousand Oaks, Calif., August 18, 2020. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Large swaths of Americans fundamentally approach the risk of death differently.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A s ongoing debates over whether to hold the 2020 fall sports season make evident, the COVID-19 pandemic has uncovered a stark cultural divide in the United States. On one side are those who see the virus as a threat so great that it requires highly restrictive and prolonged measures for its eradication, including the cancellation of sports. On the other side are those who feel they have a measure of the threat, and are willing to accept the risks associated with a wider opening of society, including letting athletes play. The former see the latter as foolish and reckless. The


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