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There Are Only Hard Facts and Harder Decisions

Welcome to the pandemic

Two family members wearing masks quarantining in their home, sitting at their windows.
Photo: Justin Paget/Getty Images

One thing this pandemic has shown is that people have a problem facing facts.

I don’t mean facts in the sense of the scientific data (although that’s clearly a problem as well, judging by the litany of conspiracy theories that have become acceptable even in polite company). I mean “facts” in the more colloquial sense —…

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