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What we learned: 2020 was overflowing with painful truths (and pernicious falsehoods)

What we learned: 2020 was overflowing with painful truths (and pernicious falsehoods)
We thought we understood so much, but 2020 was the year America, indeed all of this interconnected planet, was laid low.

We learned that a novel virus could leap from animal to person, we think, and then from person to person to person to person from China to Europe to the Pacific Northwest to New York City, or not necessarily in that order, filling lungs with fluid and sending patients to intensive care units and putting bodies in the ground as it went.Midtown in New York City stands empty in December due to COVID, a stark contrast to what is normally the busiest holiday season of the year.(Wes Parnell/for New York Daily News) We learned that keeping to ourselves and covering our noses and mouths was the simplest and best defense, a simple but proven way to keep the contagion from spreading.We learned that New York City could endure death on a scale that no one heretofore imagined — more than 20,000 lives ended prematurely, hundreds dead per day at the apex of the plague — and still find ways to mourn.

We learned that through those grim days, New York’s governor could provide a calm and steadying voice in the despair of crisis by delivering the facts as he saw them, emotion as he felt it, guidance and laws as best as he could deliver them.(Jeff Bachner/for New York Daily News) We learned that, despite early fears to the contrary, New York’s very density was not its Achilles heel.

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