The United States failed to protect its people from the SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths and widespread economic calamity. Despite an administration that disrespects expertise, a dysfunctional health care system and a gutted social safety net, Ed Yong argues in The Atlantic that this disaster was not inevitable. Yong discusses the coronavirus pandemic’s medical, public health and political implications. He concludes that the scale and scope of the United States’ failure proves difficult to assess.
About the Author
Staff writer at The Atlantic Ed Yong covers science. He is the author of I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life.