“Images circulating in the news media and online of the Hubei doctors show them staring into the camera, masked and inscrutable. How, one wonders, did they think about the actions that they had just taken—actions that resulted in their deaths? How might we understand those actions? If these people, in their last few chaotic months, present an example of life well lived, then exactly what kind of living in the face of crisis did they enact?”
In Humanity, Fleur Johns, Member in the School of Social Science, considers the stories of frontline health workers grappling with the spread of COVID-19, presenting an account that understands their actions in dire conditions through a Joycean notion of “secular grace.”
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