Magazine April 6, 2020, Issue

Fear and Extravagance in a Plague

A woman arrives at a hospital for coronavirus patients near Moscow, Russia, March 19, 2020. (Tatyana Makeyeva/Reuters)
Some similarities across the ages

Plagues can dissolve the normal function of our lung cells, and our societies. March 7 was a bright and warm day where I live, one of the first of the season. I spent it playing with my young children in the backyard, helping them give names to the bugs and rocks that share their home. And then the news was beamed down into my phone that, because of the COVID-19 outbreak, northern Italy would be locked down. The churches were already abandoned; weddings and funerals would be prohibited until further notice. Hospital visits were forbidden in many cases. Desolation was

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