Wim Laven: My father cried again, when he used a pencil and paper to make rubbings of the names of classmates who had been drafted—and died—fighting in Vietnam.
Sharon Kyle – South Korea was coronavirus testing over 10,000 people per day before the United States tested its first 1000. Why?
Kevin Martin: Let’s get through this crisis, and then let’s decrease the distance between us, let’s overcome the walls we erect between us.
Rivera Sun: In times like this, nonviolent responses are our best rescue remedies. They boost our morale, help us take care of one another, push for justice, and keep us all going when the going gets tough.
Vijay Prashad & Subin Dennis: The government had to set up mechanisms for identifying possibly infected persons, and then for testing, mitigation, and treatment. On January 26, 2020, her department set up a control room to coordinate the work.
Robert C. Koehler: While, unsurprisingly, there’s plenty of this kind of paranoia going around, our suddenly self-isolated world is also experiencing the opposite of this paranoia: something seemingly unique. I call it creative empathy.
David Bacon: What health crisis? In the face of a public outcry, the Big Island’s mayor prefers to stick to business as usual.
Tom Engelhardt: Who can doubt that we’re now in a Covid-19 world from hell, in a country being run (into the ground) by the president from hell, on the planet that he and his cronies are remarkably intent on burning to hell.
Simon Greer: Being a good citizen is being a good neighbor—so what do “good neighbors” look like in the time of panic buying, hand sanitizer, and physical avoidance?
April Short: The conditions of this virus have communities rehashing togetherness, and relearning what remains when our money-based lifestyles slow down.
The thing is, this incoherence is not just Trump’s: he is both reflecting and feeding the partisan and ideological divide of our society.
Rev. Irene Monroe: This pandemic doesn’t call for pandemonium, petty divisions, political wrangling, or panic buying. We are all in this together!
Ellen Birkett Lindeen: U.S. doctors are well aware of this disaster and fearing they will not have needed resources are asking the question: “Who will get saved and who will not?” These are not decisions they want to make.