A Tortoise File

The price of fear

First published
Wednesday 11 November 2020

Last updated
Wednesday 18 November 2020

Why this story?

Coronavirus is taking over. The news is replete with minute-by-minute updates on deaths, infection rates, quarantines and lockdowns and mask sales and stockpiles of antibacterial hand gel. It’s a lot.

Amid the scrum of media coverage, the longer-tail effects can be hard to spot. But slow news is about taking a step back and spotting the bigger picture, and so we’ve used data about the movement of people, goods and markets to glimpse the bigger, perhaps more fundamental, transformations at play. Basia Cummings, Editor