Welcome to Chatting the Pictures. Every two weeks, we present a short, lively video discussion between Michael Shaw, publisher of Reading the Pictures, and writer, professor, and historian, Cara Finnegan, examining a significant picture in the news.
In this photo by Bruno Kelly for Reuters, we see relatives of patients suffering from Covid-19 at home gathering to buy oxygen and fill cylinders from a private company in Manaus, Brazil. In more modern and prosperous cities, hospitals draw liquid oxygen from large central supples. Unfortunately, citizens in countries of lesser means are being forced by COVID-19 to secure canisters and refills individually. We discuss the striking light, the anxious waiting, and the implications of a new global symbol.
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