Headlines edition

Thursday headlines: What a difference a day makes.

The coronavirus is now officially a pandemic. President Trump orders a month-long travel ban to the US from Europe. Americans snap to attention as big events get cancelled.

Congress's in-house doctor tells Capitol Hill staffers that he expects 70-150 million people in the US to contract Covid-19.

This coronavirus is 10 times more lethal than the seasonal flu, Trump's task force immunologist told the public.

And then, practically as soon as he said this, he was told to quit talking and run to the White House.

The White House orders health officials to treat top-level coronavirus meetings as classified, an unusual step that has hampered the government’s response.

Worth remembering: more than 60,000 people—i.e, most patients—have recovered from the coronavirus.

Also, air pollution is far more deadly than Covid-19, cigarettes, or war.

Also, here’s a dog dressed like a doctor.

The NBA player who contracted Covid-19 is the same one who, days earlier, touched reporters’ microphones to demonstrate his flu-related fearlessness.

Social distancing measures are important because it’s everybody’s responsibility to “flatten the curve.”

Viral pandemics aren’t a net positive for the world, but they can show us how our economies have massive hidden health costs.

For teachers facing empty classrooms, a few tips on how to teach to a camera.

The most interesting question is how this outbreak changes China in 20 years. The more important question is how to make sure that the outbreak doesn’t wreck the world in the next two months.  Some recent coronavirus-related observations from Beijing.

One man's living course packet to contextualize all the virus-related breaking news.

Photos of empty public spaces during the coronavirus.

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ICYMI: Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison after being convicted of a first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape last month in New York.

What Biden’s win in Michigan says about the Democrats’ chances of building a blue wall to beat Trump.

Drawings from a recent abortion rally on the steps of the Supreme Court.

For high-ability female students, being assigned a female professor leads to a much greater likelihood of working in STEM fields.

How the "Vampire's Wife phenomenon" put a slightly perplexing dress, "more poetry than pop," on women around the world.

Paintings of strong women with elongated bodies and distorted proportions, by Jansson Stegner.

A profile of Richard Ketchen, the man responsible for caring for Harvard's 200+ vintage mechanical clocks.

The "New York Apartment," an art piece that is basically every New York apartment for sale, costs $43,869,676,331.

In case you want to read or chat about things unrelated to the coronavirus while you’re social-distancing: The opening round of the Tournament of Books is well underway!