If the claims are true and it spreads, this pandemic is about to get a whole lot worse.

Picture showing a color-shifted COVID-19 particle.

Yesterday, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that a new strain of COVID-19 had emerged in the country late September which “might be as much as 70% more transmissible.” Today, the U.K. Health Minister called the new strain “out of control.

This new strain has accounted for more than 60% of new cases in the past week in London (which are up 40% week-over-week), and “20% of viruses sequenced in Norfolk, 10% in Essex, and 3% in Suffolk.

There is a lot we still do not know about this new strain and the data is still early and subject to…

Coronavirus is a threat to our global society.

Coronavirus — echoing the immortal words of Joe Biden — is a big fucking deal. The most recent developments would tell you as much.

Yesterday the British government announced a stimulus package worth 420 billion pounds — equivalent to 15% of the British GDP. The German government pledged $600 billion USD in economic aid. The European Union itself promised hundreds of billions in aid to support the bloc’s members. The amount of spending in Europe is colossal. By comparison, the Marshall Plan — the US aid package offered to Europe in the…

Today, my paper regarding the University of Pennsylvania’s Connection to Slavery was published. For nearly four months and over 400 hours, I have independently researched and documented the University of Pennsylvania’s connection to slavery and the slave trade. I have been to archives across the state of Pennsylvania and even the ones at Princeton to piece together this significant part of Penn’s history.

My paper has been finished since last Monday and was supposed to be published this past Thursday, April 19. This had been the plan for weeks — and the general understanding for months — but complications arose…

Clay Graubard

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