Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been jealously following the Instagram stories of friends who live in Europe and are currently on an Italian vacation extravaganza. In the U.S. such a trip is pretty unimaginable and also impossible (Americans are still barred from travel into many countries). The New York Times recently published a story looking at how Europeans are learning to live with Covid-19 and why it’s different for Americans. Here’s an excerpt:
Having abandoned hopes of eradicating the virus or developing a vaccine within weeks, Europeans have largely gone back to work and school, leading lives as normally as possible amid an enduring pandemic that has already killed nearly 215,000 in Europe.
The approach contrasts sharply to the United States, where restrictions to protect against the virus have been politically divisive and where many regions have pushed ahead with reopening schools, shops and restaurants without having baseline protocols in place. The result has been nearly as many deaths as in Europe, though among a far smaller population.
Read the full story below.