How photographers capture a world besieged by infectious diseases
With coronavirus spreading, photographers must fight 'subtle paranoia' to show the disease's devastating wake.
For these photographers, it’s not war, but it can be just as deadly.
To show the effects of infectious diseases to the world, Nat Geo photographers have been among those in close proximity to outbreaks of deadly illnesses and viruses, some not too different from the pneumonia-like coronavirus making headlines now.
As hard as photojournalism is normally, there’s a paranoia that grows when you are near a deadly disease, says Nichole Sobecki. The Kenya-based photographer worked last spring for Nat Geo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in hospitals, treatment centers, and cemeteries covering the ongoing Ebola outbreak amid conflict.
“There’s a moment,” Sobecki tells my colleague David Beard, “when you start to suspect that everything around you