Learning the Value of Solidarity in Coronavirus-Stricken Spain

Health workers react as people applaud from their houses in Madrid, April 1, 2020 (AP photo by Manu Fernandez).
Health workers react as people applaud from their houses in Madrid, April 1, 2020 (AP photo by Manu Fernandez).
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MADRID—On the first Friday in March, Spain was deep into the rigorous hand-washing phase of its response to the coronavirus pandemic, but still about a week away from a lockdown. That night, I met a friend at a quiet tapas bar close to home. Afterward, we went to another bar in the Arguelles neighborhood, a popular late-night haunt for students at several nearby universities. It was the typical Friday pandemonium of people yelling orders, drinks and plates being passed around, and used napkins covering the floor. As I washed down my Spanish omelet with a glass of Verdejo, I looked […]

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