Government Responses: COVID-19

State Capacity and Public Health

Mical Raz, "Doctors and hospitals are struggling financially in a pandemic. Here's why." The Washington Post (March 11, 2020) 

Mark R. Wilson, "The 5 WWII Lessons That Could Help the Government Fight Coronavirus," Politico (March 23, 2020)  

Mical Raz, "Yes, covid-19 treatment free for all. But that's not enough." The Washington Post (April 1, 2020)  

Daniela Blei, "In 19th-Century America, Fighting Disease Meant Battling Bad Smells," Atlas Obscura (April 8, 2020)  

Beatrix Hoffman,  "The U.S. Cannot Afford Not to Provide Health Insurance for Everyone-And This Pandemic Proves It," Newsweek (April 8, 2020) 

Melanie A. Kiechle, "Public health isn't the enemy of economic well-being," The Washington Post (April 24, 2020) 

Johann N. Neem, "The next victim of the coronavirus? American exceptionalism," The Washington Post (May 3, 2020) 

Philippa Levine, "Letting 'Nature Run Its Course' on COVID-19 Ignores What Led to This Economic Mess," The Hill (May 20, 2020)

Lara Freidenfelds, "Conservative fatalism about the coronavirus might actually help us," The Washington Post (May 21, 2020) 

Nic John Ramos, "Solving our urban crisis involves addressing hospitals in addition to policing,"  The Washington Post (June 1, 2020)

Michael A. Dennis and Anand Toprani, "An Alternative/Alternate History of the U.S. Response to COVID-19," The Strategy Bridge (June 23, 2020)

Tess Lanzarotta and Alka Menon, "Public Health Needs the Mail: The Surprising History of the USPS Delivering Vaccines and Drugs," Slate Magazine (September 2, 2020)

Christopher Sellers, "Back to the Future," Environmental History (October 13, 2020)  

Videos and Podcasts:

Scott Gabriel Knowles, "COVID-19, Race, Health, & the Hospital Crisis: Nic John Ramos and Dannie Ritchie," Scott Gabriel Knowles-COVID-Calls (June 12, 2020) 

The Role of the Federal Government

Edward J.K. Gitre, "Social Distancing Won't Happen Until Governments Order It," The Washington Post (March 17, 2020)

Peter A. Shulman, "President Trump Must Act Immediately to Protect Doctors and Nurses From COVID-19," The Washington Post (March 22, 2020)

Teal Arcadi and Casey Eilbert, "Dismantling the federal bureaucracy has left us all vulnerable to covid-19," The Washington Post (March 24, 2020) 

Naomi Oreskes, "We Need Big Government to Save Us From the Pandemic," Time (March 25, 2020) 

Robert Peckham, "Past Pandemics Exposed China's Weaknesses-The Current One Highlights Its Strengths," Foreign Affairs (March 27, 2020)

Stephen Mihm, Mark Wilson, Mark Harrison, and Rosella Cappella Zielinski, "How to Battle the Coronavirus and Win: A Historians' Roundtable," BloombergQuint (March 29, 2020)

Colin Gordon and Sarah K. Bruch, "COVID-19 Is Exposing the United States' Ragged, Shameful Safety Net," Jacobin (April 21, 2020)

Ari Schriber, "A Precedent for the Unprecedented: Historical Reflections on Plague, Quarantine, and Islamic Law in Morocco," Islamic Law Blog (April 22, 2020)

Eric Rauchway, "Roosevelt's New Deal offered hope in desperate times. We can do the same now," The Guardian (May 20, 2020) 

Videos and Podcasts:

Robert Peckham, "Can We Overcome Pandemics?" Bloomberg (February 24, 2020)

Presidential Leadership

Michael J. Socolow, "How the Fireside Chat Provided a Model for Calming the Nation that President Trump Failed to Follow," The Conversation (March 11, 2020)

Erik B. Alexander, "Beating covid-19 demands President Trump work with, not against, governors," The Washington Post (April 3, 2020) 

Michael J. Socolow, "The Media Must Make It Easier to Track President Trump's Covid-19 Failures," The Washington Post (April 20, 2020)

Federico Finchelstein, "The danger of President Trump's lies amid the coronavirus and urban uprisings," The Washington Post (June 3, 2020) 

Scott Laderman, "Anti-intellectualism Is Killing Us," Duluth News Tribune (April 1, 2020)

Ylva Söderfeldt and Mariacarla Gadebusch Bondio, "'A Sanitary War': Corona, Medical Power(lessness) and Responsibilization," Vigilanzkulturen Working Papers (May 5, 2020)

William Johnston, "Compared to Other 'Wartime Presidents,' Trump's Record Stands Apart," Hartford Courant (July 26, 2020)

Allan M. Winkler, "Mobilizing for Common Purpose in the Covid Era," Origins (July 26, 2020)

Sandro Dutra e Silva, "The Blooming of May in a Firestorm of Stupidity: Pandemic, Environment, and Politics in Contemporary Brazil," Environmental History (October 13, 2020)

Economic Impacts

Adam Tooze, "We've never been here before," The Washington Post (March 25, 2020) 

Gabriel N. Rosenberg, "The Government Must Pay People to Stay Home," The Washington Post (March 29, 2020)

Daniel Mandell, "The Founders supported strong economic regulations in moments of crisis," The Washington Post (May 7, 2020) 

Joshua R. Greenberg, "Will Covid-19 end the use of paper money?" The Washington Post (May 15, 2020) 

Anya Jabour, "The Depression-Era Lessons that Can Solve Today's Eviction Crisis," The Washington Post (September 4, 2020)

International Relations

Philip Thai, "The proven solution to pandemics that President Trump continues to reject," The Washington Post  (May 19, 2020)  

Thomas Zimmer, "Defunding or quitting the World Health Organization won't fix it-or solve covid-19," The Washington Post (May 20, 2020) 

Videos and Podcasts:

Susan Kelly, "COVID-19 impact: Barry Strauss on the historical perspective," Cornell Chronicle (May 13, 2020) 

Mark Kramer and Douglas Selvage, "Lessons from Operation 'Denver,' the KGB's Massive AIDS Disinformation Campaign," The MIT Press Reader (May 26, 2020)