A Tragic Beginning to the Holiday Season

Editor’s Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers. Find the collection here. In the week before Thanksgiving brings thousands of Americans through airports and travel stations and into multi-generational indoor gatherings, U.S. states have reported more than 1.2 million cases of COVID-19. The seven-day average for new cases […]

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Where Are the At-Home Coronavirus Tests?

Coronavirus infections in the United States are growing exponentially, and lawmakers may soon face an awful choice between another round of shutdowns and the deaths of tens of thousands more Americans. A small band of scientists insist there is another way. They say that if every American took multiple coronavirus tests a week at home, […]

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The Last Children of Down Syndrome

Photographs by Julia Sellmann Every few weeks or so, Grete Fält-Hansen gets a call from a stranger asking a question for the first time: What is it like to raise a child with Down syndrome? Sometimes the caller is a pregnant woman, deciding whether to have an abortion. Sometimes a husband and wife are on […]

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The Golden Rule of Pandemic Survival

Editor’s Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers. Find the collection here. There’s never a good time to get sick with COVID-19, but in the next few weeks it will be especially dangerous. America’s coronavirus epidemic is really, really bad right now. One-hundred-seventy-thousand-new-cases-a-day bad. Hospital-systems-on-the-brink-of-collapse bad. I asked […]

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Democrats’ COVID totemism

As I write this, it is illegal throughout the United Kingdom to have a drink in a pub, to sit in a café, or to meet with a neighbor in your own garden unless he or she is a member of what government officials, with apparently straight faces, define as a “support bubble.” Despite reassurances […]

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Listen: A 90 Percent Effective Vaccine

Pfizer announced this week that early data show its vaccine to be “more than 90 percent effective.” But what does that actually mean? And does it change the timeline for a return to “normal life”? Stephen Thomas, the chief of infectious disease at SUNY Upstate Medical University and the lead principal investigator of the Pfizer […]

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