Magazine March 23, 2020, Issue

The Week

(Roman Genn)

• Coronavirus, the Sanders campaign—these epidemics are never as bad as they seem.

• While the coronavirus was spreading from Wuhan, China, through East Asia to the Middle East and Western Europe, World Health Organization officials lauded the Chinese government’s “extraordinary” efforts to contain the epidemic. Now it’s approaching pandemic level. American officials got off to an inauspicious start in addressing the crisis, with testing inexplicably limited for weeks until the FDA took emergency measures. Meanwhile, the White House tried too hard to talk up Wall Street by emphasizing our “airtight” defense against the virus. Investors sent the market plunging anyway.

NR Editors includes members of the editorial staff of the National Review magazine and website.

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