Here Comes the Sun

[Ian Sinclair] Wednesdays April 15/ May 4, 2020

I am a single, older man, with not a great number of friends, yet, over the past four weeks, I have, to my astonishment, found that four of them believe that Covid 19 is part of some plot/plan by the US/Chinese, or by Bill Gates to solve the world’s population problem. Bill also wants to vaccinate everyone for some reason not to do with saving their lives (or something).

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Towards a New ‘Normal’: Thinking, Choosing, Doing, Hoping

[Laura Mai] Sunday, May 3, 2020

In an earlier CoronaJournal entry I, perhaps naively, argued that the pandemic is moving us not to an ‘after‘, but towards a new ‘normal’. New ‘normal’ – the phrase stuck with me. An unsubstantiated claim, unfinished as an argument; it left me feeling dissatisfied. This entry revisits and explores.

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The Corona versus Hatred: Loss of Language and the triumph of hatred in India

[Abdullah Azzam] Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

This pandemic reminds me of a very intriguing concept of ‘world risk society’ discussed by Ulrich Beck where he illuminates on the nature of ‘risk’ the 21st century world is facing, and how these uncontrollable risks transcends the spatial and temporal boundaries. Unlike pre-modern dangers which were attributed to demons or God etc, risk is a modern idea which implies control, decision making and colonizing the future. The belief that risks are calculable and controllable culminated into the evolution of welfare state where the nation-states were obligated to protect its citizens from all types of dangers and insecurities. Alas, the welfare state is long gone and so are the risks transformed – they do not respect the spatial fancies of nation-states.

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Corona Pandemic Policy: Options and Conflicts

[Claus Offe] Thursday, April 30th, 2020

Six Categories of People.

Demographic and epidemiological models divide the population precisely and fully into up to six categories, such as:

(1) Those in the resident population not infected with the Corona virus

(2) Those actually infected, though not diagnosed. The quantity of this category is a major unknown because of limitations of the supply of capacity of testing or/and the asymptomatic condition of those infected which leads them to refrain from seeking testing. Schools of epidemiologists (e. g., researchers at Imperial College London and Oxford University) differ on estimates of the size of (2). A widely shared assumption seems to be that the non-diagnosed yet infected number five to ten times of those who have tested positive, a number that can be validated only with adequate testing practices.

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Before the plague.

[Saptarishi Bandopadhyay] Saturday/Sunday, April 25th-26th, 2020


Virtually no one is happy about the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak. Many are calling for and convening formal investigations. This is a wise and necessary venture. But exactly what is it to be investigated remains an open question. A public inquiry that limits itself to this government’s visible, in-the-moment, failures—why did the White House task force only discuss testing for a few minutes after each meeting—will shortchange the long term public interest.

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Litigating Crisis.

[Phillip Paiement] April, 23, 2020

In the first entry to this CoronaJournal, Peer Zumbansen made note of the remarks made by a group of law students during a late-March online lecture. One of their reactions to covid-19, in the context of their legal education, included the consideration of ways to ‘sue China.’ When I read the entry in early April, I felt that the students’ remarks reflected uninformed and reactionary political commentary featured in cable news talkshows, yet I also thought they were very similar to how many students at my law school would respond as well.

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Compassion fatigue and distancing

[Vanisha Sukdeo] Wednesday, April 22, 2020

As Peer and Priya’s blog allows for us to reflect on the impact of the covid-19 pandemic on our daily lives, I return to a topic I wrote about in my first book published in 2018. I wrote about compassion fatigue which is the notion explored by David Cameron that there is a finite amount of compassion and we can run out of it once that limit is reached. How does this relate to covid-19? Did we care enough when those infected and dying by the virus lived on another continent? Did we only care when the virus crossed the border into our own country?

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Notes on Race during COVID-19

[Priya Gupta] Monday, April 20, 2020

Manifest Disparities told through Figures; or, death by the numbers.

In Louisiana, the state with the fourth highest number of COVID-19 cases (nearly 25,000 confirmed cases as of April 20, 2020), 70% of the deaths are African Americans. African Americans are 33% of Louisiana’s population. The Morial Convention Center in New Orleans has been turned into a treatment center for patients with mild symptoms. You might remember that the Convention center was where people were sent after Superdome was hellishly overcrowded during Hurricane Katrina.

In Chicago, nearly 70% of the deaths have been African Americans. African Americans account for 30% of Chicago’s population.

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Letter from Delhi

[Utkarsh Agarwal] Sunday, April 19, 2020

I hope that the spread of Corona virus comes under control in the U.S. soon. In India, it is being controlled very well, and strict orders are being implemented every day for social distancing. No movement out of the home is permitted unless absolutely necessary and that only excludes going nearby to buy groceries, medicines and other essentials.

At present, around 16 thousand people are infected in India with the coronavirus, and they are being kept in strict isolation, and unfortunately about 550 people have died.

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