How the Pandemic Defeated America

Editor’s Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers. Find the collection here. Image above: A masked worker cleans a New York City subway entrance. How did it come to this? A virus a thousand times smaller than a dust mote has humbled and humiliated the planet’s most powerful […]

COVID-19 Can Last for Several Months

Editor’s Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers. Find the collection here. For Vonny LeClerc, day one was March 16. Hours after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson instated stringent social-distancing measures to halt the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, LeClerc, a Glasgow-based journalist, arrived home feeling shivery and flushed. Over the […]

We Live in a Patchwork Pandemic Now

Editor’s Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers. Find the collection here. There was supposed to be a peak. But the stark turning point, when the number of daily COVID-19 cases in the U.S. finally crested and began descending sharply, never happened. Instead, America spent much of April […]