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Reopening

The story is changing. Governments are unlatching the gates and people are entering public life with tentative steps. The world has…By Kevin Berger

The story is changing. Governments are unlatching the gates and people are entering public life with tentative steps. The world has not reopened but there is a sense it can. In this state of hopeful limbo, things don’t look the same as they did three months ago, two weeks ago, one day ago. This issue of Nautilus turns its journalistic and scientific focus on the changing view outside our windows.

We begin with a look at how the pandemic has battered community health clinics, which serve as the lifeline for millions of Americans. The article is a portrait of the interconnection of communities, of all classes, across the country, and how the clinics’ fate impacts us all.

We also put our spotlight on China, where many citizens feel confident about venturing into public. But that confidence is grained with anxiety. The effective tests raise the specter of government surveillance and threats to privacy. How in a pandemic can societies balance personal liberty and public health? It’s the kind of perplexing issue that our Reopening issue explores.


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