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Contemplating a Remade World
LIFE WITH COVID-19 • The coronavirus has changed how we come into the world, live in it, and leave it.
We’ll Move On From This Devastating Year. But How? To What? • Say novel coronavirus, or SARS-CoV-2, or COVID-19. By any name, it has seized 2020, mocking our defenses and dominating our existence. In this issue, National Geographic explores the pandemic’s implications for science, for the environment, and for cultures throughout the world.
THE FIRST 100 DAYS • How the COVID-19 outbreak grew from a few cases in China to a global pandemic in less than three months
CONTAINING COVID • COVID-19 hit countries at different times, and not all governments took swift action in the 100 days following their first case. From no restrictions to stringent lockdowns, no approach was guaranteed to suppress the contagion.
A Letter to My Generation • We’re entering adulthood in the shadow of COVID-19, economic and social upheaval, and climate change. We don’t really feel like Gen Z or millennials—and some like to call us Generation Screwed. We say: Don’t underestimate our ability to overcome.
HOW IT WORKS • Experts are still trying to decode how the novel coronavirus infiltrates the body and how the immune system can overreact—with deadly consequences. Here’s how an infection can begin: SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, targets ACE-2 proteins that line the surface of many important human cells, including type II alveolar cells in the lungs.
THE RACE TO VACCINATE • Experts suggest it may take the development of multiple vaccines, and two doses of vaccine for each person, possibly annually, to begin the process of protecting the world’s population from COVID-19. No vaccine is 100 percent effective, and once a vaccine is approved, there are still many hurdles to overcome before a shot can be made widely available. Governments and scientists have set different, overlapping time lines in order to achieve a vaccine. Here is one ambitious scenario.
What COVID-19 Took From This Black Community • Across the United States the virus has been disproportionately deadly to African Americans. In New Orleans that meant the loss of a family man, fraternity brother, church usher, and youth mentor who was also a king of the Krewe of Zulu at Mardi Gras. This is Larry Hammond’s story.
BELGIUM • In COVID-19 wards, weary medical personnel care for the stricken and hear their whispered fears. “If I don’t do this,” one nurse asks, “who will?”
In Science We Must Trust • Researchers are struggling in fits and starts to understand the coronavirus. That’s just how science always works. Unsettling as it may be to watch, it’s the only way to defeat this pandemic.
TECH LEADS THE WAY
INDONESIA • The pandemic that was filling up some graveyards also emptied streets—to a point. People still ventured out for essentials: religious holidays and food giveaways.
Let’s Not Waste This Moment • The pandemic has reminded us of the urgent need to stop abusing the planet. It could inspire us to prevent the looming climate disaster—if we can resist a return to business as usual.
GET OUT AND STAY OUT
Solving the crisis sustainably • A review of the impacts of COVID-19 on energy sources and sectors shows that to limit warming, we must shift to alternative sources, enhance energy efficiency, and improve the systems that transport and store energy
ONE PLANET, TWO CRISES
To really go green, go big • Governments are making decisions that will shape infrastructure, industry, and the climate for...