In 1989, 10 farmers died in Guanarito, Portuguesa state, from an unknown virus. Juan Carlos Navarro went in to investigate.
Public health experts warned of the threat of global pandemics for decades, but governments at every level largely ignored them. Even the recent onset of deadly epidemics like SARS and H1NI were not enough to compel countries to prepare for the inevitable. Now, as COVID-19 spreads across the globe, countries as wide ranging as China, Italy, the United States, Sweden, Brazil, and the Democratic Republic of Congo struggle to respond.
The Pulitzer Center and its grantees are focusing on telling the full global story of the coronavirus pandemic. Their work explores topics ranging from the efforts to flatten the curve and the search for a vaccine to the impact of the crisis on the most vulnerable, including undocumented immigrants, communities of color, students, and those with little or no access to clean water.
At a time of scarce journalism resources, the Pulitzer Center's Coronavirus News Collaboration Challenge is encouraging innovative approaches to reporting on the novel coronavirus crisis using collaboration among journalists, newsrooms, and educational institutions across the globe.
We are also publishing “Speaking Out on Coronavirus”—stories and blogs by the Pulitzer Center team and our Campus Consortium partners reporting on the impact of coronavirus in their own backyards and around the world—from the frontlines in Seattle to school closings in Illinois, or cramped quarters in a refugee camp in Greece.