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The new respiratory coronavirus, first detected in Wuhan, China, last month, is like most germs: It travels. It has jumped to Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, the southern Chinese province of Guangdong and across the Taiwan Strait to Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Japan and even Washington state…

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Australia’s wildfires have singed the souls of bystanders in an ongoing tragedy, the dimensions of which haven’t been fully realized. From the millions — perhaps a billion — animals destroyed to the unfathomable suffering of survivors, it is too much for the human psyche to absorb.