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Friday headlines: Shutdown

“No one alive has ever experienced what the next two months will be like around the world, but here we are.”

In South Korea, the number of new cases is less than the number of patients who recovered.

Italy now has over 10,000 cases of the coronavirus, too many for adequate care, so medical professionals are forced to triage.

Iran digs mass graves, totaling 100 yards in length, for victims of the coronavirus in the Shiite spiritual center Qom.

The hospital staff attending Tom Hanks rolled in a volleyball to keep him company in quarantine. [UPDATE: This story is a joke.]

Related: A list of tours and festivals canceled or postponed. Examples of people and businesses reacting oddly. Shoppers of the world: chill on the toilet paper! (Buy a bidet instead?)

“There’s something almost tedious about disaster. Don’t you find?” An interview with Emily St. John Mandel, author of pandemics.

The great shutdown of 2020 is the biggest story to hit the media since the attacks of September 11.

“Coronavirus culture” is emerging quickly to deal with public fear and the tedium of quarantine.

"Quick, make plans and watch how fast I cancel!" Xkcd has been doing some really good coronavirus comics.

As social isolation leads to a "social recession," we're going to learn a lot about how much we value connection.

What doctors talk about when they talk about the coronavirus: video of a Stanford Medicine Grand Rounds lecture.

Trump's coronavirus address to the nation was a mess: muddled, ego-ridden, and full of errors that swiftly needed to be corrected. Basically, Trump's Oval Office speech did the opposite of “what it was supposed to do.”

Linking Biden’s opposition to Medicare for All to “the Democrats’ cult of pragmatism.”

In South Korea, a remarkable story about how 13,000 tons of food waste produced daily now become one of three things: compost, animal feed, or biofuel.

A fabulous essay by Meehan Crist on whether or not to have children during the climate crisis.

See also, in case you've never seen it before: The wheel of feelings.

The ocean caused incalculable damage in Fukushima, Japan. Local surfers say it's also helping people to heal and feel at home again.

A plastic surgery surge in China is linked to apps that let patients book surgeries and apply for credit to pay for them.

In Houston and Portland, a new era of freeway revolts to fight new ribbons of asphalt (and get people out of their cars).

Christoph Niemann explains why he moved from New York to Berlin—because the most dangerous comfort zones are those where you’re busy.

Author Karen Russell explains how motherhood changed how she calculates her finances.

Seeing how it’s the Tournament of Books and all, a poem by John Maradik, “Men and Their Novels.”

Melek Zertal's latest book follows Dana Sculley from The X-Files through the more mundane parts of her day.