The coronavirus exposed European countries’ misplaced confidence in faulty models, bureaucratic busywork and their own wealth.
It was looking run-down after 10 years of austerity. But the British health service’s performance in the pandemic has restored its mythic status to the nation.
That gap grows to four times when class and health differences aren’t considered. South Asians have also been dying disproportionately.
Low-paid health workers in Britain who could be at risk of contracting the coronavirus say they will show up to work even if they fall ill.