Competition During Covid-19
This afterword considers the role of competition during Covid-19. It incorporates insights from the chapters in this edited volume to understand how the global phenomenon of a pandemic has come to be portrayed through national rankings of cases and deaths. Statistics have desensitized, making the pandemic more about a competition over cases than about mourning those who have passed away and finding public health solutions to prevent further cases. I argue that we can best understand how Covid-19 statistics have spurred national competition and, at times, obscured much more important effects by turning to history, epidemiology, sociology, and international relations.