David Wallace-Wells: We are probably only one-tenth of the way through this pandemic (New York)

We are, finally, beginning to see some real plans from people with the power to enact them.

On Tuesday, California governor Gavin Newsom unveiled a sort of road map for a gradual “reopening” of the state — including benchmarks for testing and hospital capacity, and continued social-distancing guidelines and even temperature checks. A handful of serious, sobering national proposals have been put forward by think tanks and the like in the U.S., and the White House has produced a set of guidelines to govern a gradual, region-by-region pullback from full-economy quarantine.

In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a similar blueprint (and gave a memorable illustration of the terrors of exponential growth in a pandemic). Coming alongside news from hot spots like New York that new hospitalizations and even deaths may be plateauing or even declining, the plans are a little flicker of light at the end of the quarantine tunnel…

Read the full piece by David Wallace-Wells (author of “The Uninhabitable Earth”) from New York magazine (which does have a limit on the number of free articles you can read, but also a $5/month subscription with a free trial) here: https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/04/we-are-probably-only-a-tenth-of-the-way-through-the-pandemic.html


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