S. C. Gwynne

Pulitzer Prize Finalist and a New York Times Best-Selling Author

This thing, whatever it is called, corona virus, novel corona virus, new corona virus, COVID 19, or COVFEFE 20

Mar 18, 2020 by S. C. Gwynne
Back in the good old days of the Cold War, when doomsday existed in the form of Russian or Chinese intercontinental ballistic missiles, we were all supposed to be terrified of nuclear annihilation. We were constantly reminded that the US alone had an arsenal big enough to destroy the world several times over, that we were all in great and collective mortal danger, and that we should be very, very afraid. I got the annihilation part when I was younger, but not the fear. If we were all going to die in global thermonuclear war, then what was the point of worrying? My death would coincide with a clean finish to the human species. Who would want to be alive anyway?