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Mar 18

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Staff Picks: Pandemic Retrospectives

March 11th marked the 3rd anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring Covid-19 a global pandemic—here are some of the first-person perspectives and expert breakdowns you've published since then. (Share yours: publish a post and tag it "Pandemic Stories" on Medium)

FROM THE ARCHIVE: "Not long ago," Laura Baranik explains, "I learned that I have orthostatic intolerance, which means that when standing or sitting up, the blood pools in my body’s lower extremities... This was not determined my (many) doctors; I discovered it with the help of some strangers on the internet, who, in the face of societal indifference to long Covid, have been clinging together for dear life via online forums."
"A new headline in the Atlantic reads, 'Are colds really worse, or are we all just weak babies now?' The writer, Katherine Wu, argues that there's no evidence that colds are worse now than they were in 2019. We've been coddled, spoiled by social distancing, into no longer being able to deal with a silly little cold."
FROM THE ARCHIVE: Former New York Times science and health reporter Donald G. McNeil Jr. on the origins of Covid-19. He writes, "The whole thing may just be a cold case, and stay that way forever. But there are more embers left to sift. The whole world, China included, needs a hard answer, whoever is to blame — so we can prevent this from happening again."
FROM THE ARCHIVE: Thomas Smith on the Bradykinin Hypothesis, an early theory about how Covid-19 symptoms emerge. As Smith writes, "Covid-19 is like a burglar who slips in your unlocked second-floor window and starts to ransack your house. Once inside, though, they don’t just take your stuff — they also throw open all your doors and windows so their accomplices can rush in and help pillage more efficiently."