“If we are not prepared to fight fear and ignorance as actively and as thoughtfully as we fight any other virus, it is possible that fear can do terrible harm to vulnerable people, even in places that never see a single case of infection during an outbreak. And a fear epidemic can have far worse consequences when complicated by issues of race, privilege, and language.”
An infectious outbreak can conclude in more ways than one, historians say. But for whom does it end, and who gets to decide? When will the Covid-19 pandemic end? And how?