What the Bay Area Can Teach Us About Fighting a Pandemic

On March 10th, the day before Tom Hanks announced that he had tested positive for covid-19, I drove my three-year-old daughter to her day care in Berkeley, California. The drive took us up College Avenue, where white-haired professors huddled at sidewalk café tables; we passed the fraternity houses where students gathered on the lawns. Just a few blocks from my daughter’s school, there’s a coffee shop with a clientele split equally between students and senior citizens. I sat there until noon, working on my laptop, before moving to one of the food courts frequented by international students from Asia; a few weeks later, many of them would be returning from winter trips home. (