We are living in the midst of the greatest public health crisis of our time. As governments around the world grapple with the severest disruption to social order in generations, billions of individuals find their lives thrown into disarray. Deep injustices have been cruelly laid bare. Tens of thousands have died, and many more will. Millions are quarantined and without work. And while some signs point to good news, others remain stark. On Thursday, the United States became the world leader in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Confronting the many challenges of this moment—from the medical to the economic, the social to the political—demands all the moral and deliberative clarity we can muster. To that end, we are pleased to announce a new project that gathers all our COVID-19 coverage in one place: Thinking in a Pandemic.
Today’s reading list features all the current pieces in our coronavirus catalog, including why the stimulus package is not enough and why sanctions are inhumane—during this crisis, and, always. Be sure to bookmark Thinking in a Pandemic to read the latest essays as they arrive, from doctors and epidemiologists, philosophers and economists, legal scholars and historians, activists and citizens, as they think not just through this moment but beyond it.
In a world imperiled by global pandemic, it is long past time to put an end to sanctions—including new ones against Iran—and to reconstruct U.S. foreign policy around international solidarity.