By now, readers are most likely virtually drowning in advice and explanations of the Coronavirus pandemic -- in print, electronically, and on social media. Perhaps it is time to hunker down and ease into the world's literature instead. And to consider one unlikely moment where Earth's pathogens save humanity.
They shall wash their hands and their feet, so that they may
not die. It shall be a statute forever to them, even to him
and to his offspring throughout their generations."
-- Exodus 31:20
Amid some vast administrative bungling and bureaucratic chaos, the incumbent American president clearly mishandled a national crisis until well past the moment when decisive action might have helped head off some of the worst effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in America. Other nations -- China, South Korea, Italy and Singapore, among others -- have had better leadership. Nevertheless, the current global public health crisis is now forcing everyone -- leaders and ordinary citizens alike -- to fundamentally change both thinking and, increasingly, behaviour.
Now that more and more people around the world are being quarantined in their homes or locked down within their cities and provinces, perhaps it is an opportune time to drop back...