ESSAY: Contemplating death in a year when it feels closer

The last time a life-threatening health crisis of this scale engulfed American society was early in the last century: the 1918 flu pandemic. “Young folks seemed so surprised that there isn’t a way to cure this, that there isn’t a vaccine that you could pull out of your hat in six weeks,” says Tomes, author of “The Gospel of Germs: Men, Women, and the Microbe in American Life.”

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