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Managing editor Phillip Pantuso here. As you've seen if you have subscribed to this newsletter, The River is collaborating with other local journalists and news outlets to provide reporting and analysis of the COVID-19 outbreak as it happens. The pace of the news has been breathtaking, and we're doing our best to bring you up-to-date, accurate information every day.

But there is a wealth of reading material on this pandemic that isn't pegged to the daily news: personal reportage on dealing with COVID-19, scientific journalism that looks at how this might play out, and enterprise pieces on what we've gotten wrong (and right).

The River is widening its lens, too: This week, we published two features that look at how the novel coronavirus is affecting life in myriad ways beyond closures, cancellations, and sobering statistics. They're both part of our third weekly roundup of some of the best writing on the coronavirus pandemic.

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How the Pandemic Will End

By Ed Yong for The Atlantic
March 15 | 22-min read

The US may end up with the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the industrialized world. Yong, who last week wrote about why the novel coronavirus has been so successful, looks at how the pandemic is going to play out.

What I Learned When My Husband Got Sick With Coronavirus

By Jessica Lustig for The New York Times Magazine
March 24 | 12-min read

In this wrenching essay, Lustig, the deputy editor of the Times Magazine, movingly writes about how her family's world became one of isolation, round-the-clock care, panic, and uncertainty—even as society carried on with too few changes.

Inside the Story of How H-E-B Planned for the Pandemic

By Dan Solomon and Paula Forbes for Texas Monthly
March 26 | 20-min read

Perhaps no company was better prepared for the pandemic than this Texas supermarket chain, which started communicating with Chinese counterparts in January and was running tabletop simulations a few weeks later. (But nothing prepared it for the rush on toilet paper.)

Since I Became Symptomatic

By Leslie Jamison for The New York Review of Books
March 26 | 6-min read

Another great essay on contending with COVID-19. A month after filing for divorce, single mom Jamison contracted the illness. She wrote this meditation on single parenthood, loneliness, longing, and frustration while sheltering in place with her two-year-old daughter.

Life on Lockdown in China

By Peter Hessler for The New Yorker
March 23 | 30-min read

A reported feature from a longtime China correspondent on avoiding the coronavirus for 45 days.

Local News Outlets Dealt a Crippling Blow by This Biggest of Stories

By Tiffany Hsu and Marc Tracy for The New York Times
March 23 | 6-min read

A business story that hits close to home: Weekly papers and small dailies across the country are laying off staff and canceling print editions as the coronavirus cuts off ads and live events.

The missing six weeks: how Trump failed the biggest test of his life

By Ed Pilkington and Tom McCarthy for The Guardian
March 28 | 11-min read

The president was aware of the danger from the coronavirus, but a lack of leadership has created an emergency of epic proportions.

What the Coronavirus Means for Climate Change

By Meehan Crist for The New York Times
March 27 | 13-min read

"Lockdowns and distancing won't save the world from warming," writes Crist, a writer in residence in biological sciences at Columbia University. "But amid this crisis, we have a chance to build a better future."

Why I’m Giving Myself Permission to Keep Writing at This Time

By Sari Botton for Longreads
March 19 | 5-min read

A lovely personal essay by Kingston resident Botton that touches on family and memory, the disruption COVID-19 has caused in the publishing industry, and the stories we record for ourselves and others.

And two stories from The River:
 

Local Death Highlights Difficulty of Tracking COVID-19 Cases

By Roger Hannigan Gilson
March 28 | 5min read

Critic and curator Maurice Berger was the first person to die of the coronavirus in Columbia County. Why wasn't he counted in the county's statistics?
 

Farmers Forge Ahead During the Coronavirus Pandemic

By Katie Navarra
March 25 | 5-min read
 

As industries shut down or reduce workforce in response to the virus, Hudson Valley farms are keeping the food-supply chain moving.

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