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With the pandemic shutting borders, digital nomads find it harder to roam (Washington Post)

May 14, 2020

Charles Kenny is cited in a Washington Post article on digital nomads during COVID-19. From the article:

When Dree Ziegler arrived in Koh Tao for a scuba diving course, she anticipated a short stay on the Gulf of Thailand resort island. It was the middle of March. The coronavirus had the world’s attention by then; much of the United States was enduring a gray, wet month and watching an inkblot spread of infection in Asia and Europe.

Amid the islands of southern Thailand, though, perpetual sun made the pandemic seem distant. The headlines belonged to crowded cities, not the gulf’s ivory-colored beaches and vivid coral. But three days after Ziegler reached Koh Tao, the State Department raised the global threat level to 4, its most serious travel advisory...

“This virus does not respect borders,” World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in February. Historically, in fact, pandemics helped create modern borders, as Charles Kenny wrote in a March 25 article for Politico. “The Black Death is the first time in history that we’ve seen what I think you could call border controls,” said Kenny, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development.

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