How devastating pandemics change us - National Geographic
Posted: 14 Jul 2020 12:00 AM PDT
This story appears in the August 2020 issue of National Geographic magazine.On a Sunday early in March, as the COVID-19 outbreak was racing across the planet, the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Pike pitched and rolled en route to the cruise ship Grand Princess, waiting 14 miles off the coast of California. The cutter was delivering a medical disaster team to separate the sick from the seemingly healthy among the 3,500 people aboard and prepare to bring them ashore. On the Pike, Michael Callahan, an infectious disease specialist with decades of experience in 'hot zones' everywhere, waited with his team, he says, 'unheroically' vomiting.
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