There has been some lamentation about partisanship in the pandemic, with talk of red/blue divides and such, and even distressing indications that the war against this scourge has been annexed into the Culture War. The orchestrated “protests” against shelter in place (in the States) are probably not worth attention since they involve such tiny numbers of people and are IMO being covered by the news to a degree that they don’t deserve.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t hard questions, and hard choices, and clearly political decisions to be made, where ‘political’ is not a bad word but an accurate one. Here are a couple of pieces, both from The Atlantic, that I think are worth reading to see how we might discuss the variables that will determine how things unfold in the months (and years) to come. Science is big part of the conversation, but it’s not the only part.
By the excellent science writer, Ed Yong:
About Angela Merkel, on how scientific thought and expertise can make a better leader: