What Happens Now? Coronavirus Stories from Around the World

For the latest news and data from affected countries, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security offers daily recaps with case counts and travel restrictions. Johns Hopkins also has a global map of confirmed outbreaks, while The New York Times has mapped confirmed U.S. cases. The World Health Organization has useful guides on protecting yourself and how to tell fact from myth. For official U.S. updates on the pandemic, visit cdc.gov. Updated 3/25/20

Life on Lockdown in China

Peter Hessler • The New Yorker

Forty-five days of avoiding the coronavirus.

Italy, Pandemic’s New Epicenter, Has Lessons for the World

Jason Horowitz, Emma Bubola, and Elisabetta Povoledo • The New York Times

The country’s experience shows that steps to isolate the coronavirus and limit people’s movement need to be put in place early, with absolute clarity, then strictly enforced.

A Coronavirus Cautionary Tale from Italy: Don’t Do What We Did

Mattia Ferraresi • Boston Globe

Many of us were too selfish to follow suggestions to change our behavior. Now we’re in lockdown and people are needlessly dying.

How the Virus Got Out

Jin Wu, Weiyi Cai, Derek Watkins, and James Glanz • The New York Times

The most extensive travel restrictions to stop an outbreak in human history haven’t been enough. We analyzed the movements of hundreds of millions of people to show why.

China’s New Normal

James Palmer • Foreign Policy

Life in China is springing back after weeks of lockdown, but it’s still taking place under the shadow of the coronavirus.

One Doctor’s Life on the Coronavirus Front Lines. ‘If We Fail, What Happens to You All?’

The Wall Street Journal

Short on supplies and sleep, medical staff in Wuhan have been stretched to the limit.

Coronavirus in South Korea: How ‘Trace, Test and Treat’ May Be Saving Lives

Laura Bicker • BBC News

Nearly 20,000 people are being tested every day for coronavirus in South Korea, more people per capita than anywhere else in the world.

Singapore Was Ready for Covid-19—Other Countries, Take Note

Adam Rogers • Wired

After SARS and H1N1, Singapore built a robust system for tracking and containing epidemics. South Korea, Taiwan, and others did too—here’s what they learned.

What Could Happen if the Coronavirus Closed Schools for Days, Weeks, or Even Months

Ashley Fetters and Timothy McLaughlin • The Atlantic

We can get a sense of what to expect from Hong Kong, where students have already been out of school for more than a month. 

Coronavirus Diaries: I Had the Coronavirus. This Was the Worst Part.

Morena Columbi • Slate

More than the virus, it’s the ignorance that frightens me.

“Our New Life of Isolation”: 5 People Across the World on Staying Inside to Avoid Covid-19

Karen Turner • Vox

People in Iran, China, Italy, Singapore, and South Korea describe the anxiety and boredom of life under isolation measures.

Italy’s Nightmare Offers a Chilling Preview of What’s Coming

Vernon Silver, Alessandra Migliaccio, and John Follain • Bloomberg

There are key lessons for the rest of the world: impose harsh rules, fast, and make sure your message is clear.

Halting China’s Economy Was Hard. Restarting It Is Harder.

Keith Bradsher • The New York Times

Beijing brought the world’s No. 2 economy to a halt to quell the coronavirus epidemic. Its difficulties in reviving business offer a potential lesson for other countries.

The Shift Americans Must Make to Fight the Coronavirus

Meghan O’Rourke • The Atlantic

We are stubbornly hung up on a damaging idea of self-reliance.

For more curated collections, see essential reads on the coronavirus and tips for talking to children about the pandemic.