Arms and the virus

LETTING the virus that causes Covid-19 circulate more-or-less freely is dangerous not only because it risks overwhelming hospitals and so endangering lives unnecessarily, but also because it could delay the evolution of the virus to a more benign form and potentially even make it more lethal…

Roadblock

This article first appeared in The Guardian on 19 November 2020. To continue reading, click here.

Magh mela 2021 will go ahead despite the pandemic

THE Magh Mela, the annual Hindu pilgrimage to Prayagraj, India, usually attracts around 10 million people. Officials announced last month that it will go ahead as planned this winter—despite the country’s high number of new COVID-19 cases…

Magh Mela, India, 1909

This article first appeared in National Geographic on 12 November 2020. To continue reading, click here.

Why Europe is once again the epicentre of the pandemic

LAST week Europe registered 1.5m new cases of Covid-19 – a record – making it once again the centre of the pandemic. The UK is not exempt, and England will enter a new lockdown from Thursday 5 November. From the outside, it might seem the continent is in the grip of a second wave that is ramping rapidly towards its peak. But it is not one wave, it’s many local waves, and that is crucial in understanding how to rein it in and prevent the same thing happening again…

Market Place, Wetherby, under lockdown

This article first appeared in The Guardian on 2 November 2020. To continue reading, click here.

 

Meet the collapsologists

MICHEL Rosell gathers up a mass of papers and divides them into two piles. On the left are bills: a single sheet. On the right is a sheaf of letters from friends and lovers. “If the pile of letters is growing faster than the pile of bills, you’re on the right track,” says Rosell. “If it’s the other way round, you’re on the wrong track. It’s not that hard, the revolution I’m proposing…”

Michel Rosell, July 2020

This article first appeared in The Guardian on 11 October 2020. To continue reading, click here.

 

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