Ed Yong, The Atlantic

Ed Yong

The Atlantic

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Past articles by Ed:

America Is Choosing to Stay Vulnerable to Pandemics

All of this will happen again. → Read More

America Was in an Early-Death Crisis Long Before COVID

Even before the pandemic began, more people here were dying at younger ages than in comparably wealthy nations. → Read More

Is BA.5 the ‘Reinfection Wave’?

The latest wave of infections is a test of our pandemic priorities. → Read More

America Is in the ‘Figure It Out Yourself’ Era of the Pandemic

In the face of government inaction, the country’s best chance at keeping the crisis from spiraling relies on everyone to keep caring. → Read More

The Grief of 1 Million COVID Deaths Is Not Going Away

COVID is now the third leading cause of death—and therefore the third leading cause of grief—in the United States. → Read More

The Coronavirus Funding Collapse Is a Disaster

All epidemics trigger the same Sisyphean cycle of panic and neglect. Even so, that cycle isn’t meant to spin this quickly. → Read More

How Did This Many Deaths Become Normal?

The U.S. is nearing 1 million recorded COVID-19 deaths without the social reckoning that such a tragedy should provoke. Why? → Read More

The Pandemic Isn’t Over for Immunocompromised People

What does society owe immunocompromised people? → Read More

I Canceled My Birthday Party Because of Omicron

Here’s how I thought through the decision. → Read More

America Is Not Ready for Omicron

The new variant poses a far graver threat at the collective level than the individual one—the kind of test that the U.S. has repeatedly failed. → Read More

How Public Health Took Part in Its Own Downfall

The field’s future lies in reclaiming parts of its past that it willingly abandoned. → Read More

We’re Already Barreling Toward the Next Pandemic

This one is far from over, but the window to prepare for future threats is closing fast. → Read More

Long COVID Is Everyone’s Problem

Many long-haulers feel that science is failing them. Neglecting them could make the pandemic even worse. → Read More

How The Pandemic Ends

Cases of COVID-19 are rising fast. Vaccine uptake has plateaued. The pandemic will be over one day—but the way there is different now. → Read More

America Is Getting Unvaccinated People All Wrong

They’re not all anti-vaxxers, and treating them as such is making things worse. → Read More

The 3 Simple Rules That Underscore the Danger of Delta

Vaccines are still beating the variants, but the unvaccinated world is being pummeled. → Read More

Vaccination Is Making America Forget a Basic Pandemic Rule

We understand how this will end. But who bears the risk that remains? → Read More

What Happens When Americans Can Finally Exhale

The pandemic’s mental wounds are still wide open. → Read More

Where Year Two of the Pandemic Will Take Us

As vaccines roll out, the U.S. will face a choice about what to learn and what to forget. → Read More

How Science Beat the Virus

This article was published online on December 14, 2020. 1. In fall of 2019, exactly zero scientists were studying COVID‑19, because no one knew the disease existed. The coronavirus that causes it, SARS‑CoV‑2, had only recently jumped into humans and had been neither identified nor named. But by the end of March 2020, it had spread to more than 170 countries, sickened more than 750,000 people,… → Read More