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Making Sense of Coronavirus

By Joel P. Engardio

As we brace for the full effect of the coronavirus pandemic in San Francisco, we must make sure we act more like Taiwan and not Italy to ensure we get through this ordeal.

A writer for the Italian newspaper Il Foglio lamented “it took weeks after the virus first appeared here to realize that severe measures were absolutely necessary.” Now Italy is in lockdown, but only…




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Joel Engardio

Joel Engardio

Forward-thinking + pragmatic Democrat, civil liberties advocate, award-winning journalist, Westside SF homeowner. My local views at

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