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“Don’t waste the coronavirus crisis.” It’s the mantra of our time.

Shakespeare, we’re told, penned King Lear in the depths of the bubonic plague. Isaac Newton, no doubt obsessed with what snack may be on hand, discovered gravity at the same time. Expressionist painter Edvard Munch recreated his own influenza hellscape in his 1919 selfie Self-Portrait with the Spanish Flu...

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