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Listen: Watching the Pandemic Hit From Abroad

An Irish immigrant shares her perspective on America’s response to COVID-19.

The coronavirus pandemic has now touched nearly every corner of the globe, but each country has responded in its own way. How does the United States’ response compare to others?

On this episode of Social Distance, Katherine Wells and James Hamblin call Maeve Higgins, a writer and comedian who left New York a month ago to return to her native Ireland. She shares her perspective on the different ways each country is responding to the coronavirus, and what the pandemic has exposed about the U.S. immigration system.

Listen to their full conversation here:

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