America Is in the ‘Figure It Out Yourself’ Era of the Pandemic – The Atlantic
In 2018, while reporting on pandemic preparedness in the Democratic Republic of Congo, I heard many people joking about the fictional 15th article of the country’s constitution: Débrouillez-vous, or “Figure it out yourself.” It was a droll and weary acknowledgment that the government won’t save you, and you must make do with the resources you’ve got. The United States is now firmly in the débrouillez-vous era of the COVID-19 pandemic. … same here, unfortunately.
(tags: atlantic covid-19 debrouillez-vous pandemics government public-health)