Our COVID Grades Are Incomplete

People wear face masks at Piccadilly Circus in London, England, October 15, 2020. (John Sibley/Reuters)
Very few countries have fared well, and policies and results have been ever-shifting and hard to evaluate in the short term.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE ‘S ex banned indoors for Tier 2 couples living apart, No 10 confirms.” That was the headline from the London Evening Standard that went skittering across my digital screen. It is possibly the ugliest sentence I’ve ever read in the English language. “Tier 2,” which designates a section of COVID-era London, not an actual neighborhood, gives it an Orwellian mouthfeel. “No 10 confirms” gives the impression that the United Kingdom’s prime minister, Boris Johnson (who used to be fun), somberly nodded at the ban. But then you read it again and realize the implication: Sex is not banned outdoors. Perhaps it’s

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