Reckoning With the Pandemic’s Second-Order Impacts

A nurse during a night shift at a field hospital set up to handle a surge of COVID-19 patients, in Cranston, Rhode Island, Feb. 10, 2021 (AP photo by David Goldman).
A nurse during a night shift at a field hospital set up to handle a surge of COVID-19 patients, in Cranston, Rhode Island, Feb. 10, 2021 (AP photo by David Goldman).
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Can the international community pay attention to multiple health crises at the same time? The coronavirus pandemic is putting this question to the test, and the experience of the past year suggests that the answer is a qualified no. If that is indeed the case, it means that the world will likely be living with the after-effects of COVID-19 for years to come. At the same time, the pandemic has spurred some changes in the world of public health that may create additional chances for improving access to health care in the long term. COVID-19 itself has already had devastating […]

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