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The Emotionally Challenging Next Phase of the Pandemic

| Sep. 06, 2020

The end of summer is a bitter reminder: America's coronavirus ordeal won’t end when 2020 does.

A weary friend of mine—another working mom—recently texted to say she couldn't decide which aspect of daily life during the coronavirus pandemic was worse: "the insanity or the monotony." Either way, the misery will not end when 2020 does. The new year will inherit many of the same problems that have become so grindingly familiar in 2020.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention got some Americans' hopes up with its recent instruction that states should be ready to distribute a coronavirus vaccine in the next couple of months. President Donald Trump is desperate to convince the public that a vaccine to COVID-19 will arrive by a politically convenient deadline: "maybe even before November 1," he said Friday, or "some time in the month of October."

But Trump's Operation Warp Speed is an election ploy, not a guarantee of scientific progress....

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For Academic Citation: Kayyem, Juliette.“The Emotionally Challenging Next Phase of the Pandemic.” The Atlantic, September 6, 2020.

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