Magazine November 16, 2020, Issue

At-Home COVID-19 Testing: Why We Need It

A rapid test for COVID antibodies (Adam Glanzman/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
Beat the virus, heal the nation, restore opportunity

Twenty years on from the 20th century, the state of the union resembles nothing so much as a less fully conceived, less ambitious version of The Walking Dead. A virus menaces the populace, exposing the fragility of our institutions and exacerbating societal divisions. The uncertainty and fear it has spawned have badly damaged the economy and disrupted social life. There are no machetes, nor compounds ruled by strongmen armed to the teeth. No foraging for food, nor desperate looting of long-abandoned grocery stores. No disemboweled zombies just outside the door.

But Americans find themselves disturbingly vulnerable, deeply divided, and unsure of

This article appears as “Beat the Virus, Heal the Nation” in the November 16, 2020, print edition of National Review.

Something to Consider

If you enjoyed this article, we have a proposition for you: Join NRPLUS. Members get all of our content (including the magazine), no paywalls or content meters, an advertising-minimal experience, and unique access to our writers and editors (conference calls, social-media groups, etc.). And importantly, NRPLUS members help keep NR going. Consider it?

If you enjoyed this article, and were stimulated by its contents, we have a proposition for you: Join NRPLUS.

LEARN MORE
Scott Winship — Mr. Winship is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and its director of poverty studies.

In This Issue

Articles

Features

Books, Arts & Manners

Sections

The Week

The Week

Biden said he would appoint a bipartisan commission to study Court-packing and other changes to the courts.

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

Can Joe Biden Pardon Himself?

John Yoo argues that once he’s president, he can. He mentions the contrary possibility that the pardon power mentioned in the Constitution was understood to refer to a power to pardon someone other than the pardoner. He does not, however, defeat this possibility. He stacks the deck by presenting the argument ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Can Joe Biden Pardon Himself?

John Yoo argues that once he’s president, he can. He mentions the contrary possibility that the pardon power mentioned in the Constitution was understood to refer to a power to pardon someone other than the pardoner. He does not, however, defeat this possibility. He stacks the deck by presenting the argument ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Biden’s Unhelpful Mask Stance

On the menu today: Joe Biden brings his own problems to the national stage, declaring that he wants Americans to wear masks until the end of his first 100 days in office -- well after the 100 million most vulnerable Americans will be vaccinated! -- and warns that the nation’s death toll from the pandemic will ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Biden’s Unhelpful Mask Stance

On the menu today: Joe Biden brings his own problems to the national stage, declaring that he wants Americans to wear masks until the end of his first 100 days in office -- well after the 100 million most vulnerable Americans will be vaccinated! -- and warns that the nation’s death toll from the pandemic will ... Read More
Culture

Fifteen Things That Caught My Eye Today: Ethiopia, A One-Year-Old Dies in D.C., Archbishop Chaput on Biden and Communion & More (December 4, 2020)

(1) Washington Post: 1-year-old Carmelo Duncan is the latest victim of gun violence in D.C. as homicides hit a 15-year high Dozens of mourners gathered Thursday night in the block where Carmelo was killed. They offered prayers for his family and for other families that have lost loved ones to gun violence, the ... Read More
Culture

Fifteen Things That Caught My Eye Today: Ethiopia, A One-Year-Old Dies in D.C., Archbishop Chaput on Biden and Communion & More (December 4, 2020)

(1) Washington Post: 1-year-old Carmelo Duncan is the latest victim of gun violence in D.C. as homicides hit a 15-year high Dozens of mourners gathered Thursday night in the block where Carmelo was killed. They offered prayers for his family and for other families that have lost loved ones to gun violence, the ... Read More
White House

Trump’s Disgraceful Endgame

President Trump said the other day that he’d leave office if he loses the vote of the Electoral College on December 14. This is not the kind of assurance presidents of the United States typically need to make, but it was noteworthy given Trump’s disgraceful conduct since losing his bid for reelection to ... Read More
White House

Trump’s Disgraceful Endgame

President Trump said the other day that he’d leave office if he loses the vote of the Electoral College on December 14. This is not the kind of assurance presidents of the United States typically need to make, but it was noteworthy given Trump’s disgraceful conduct since losing his bid for reelection to ... Read More
Film & TV

The Pleasure and the Pain of Shane MacGowan

People are amazed he isn’t dead yet, but as Shane MacGowan notes, they’ve been saying that for more than 40 years, since he first became a celebrity in the punked-out London Seventies. He and his date were having a fine time at a Clash concert in 1976. As one does, the two were biting each other’s arms ... Read More
Film & TV

The Pleasure and the Pain of Shane MacGowan

People are amazed he isn’t dead yet, but as Shane MacGowan notes, they’ve been saying that for more than 40 years, since he first became a celebrity in the punked-out London Seventies. He and his date were having a fine time at a Clash concert in 1976. As one does, the two were biting each other’s arms ... Read More