Doubling Down

By Sir Manny of Chester, via Wikimedia Commons

As COVID19 cases start to double up in a serious and scary way, we are all faced with doubling down on our social distancing.

Feeling Doubtful?

Folks, take a look at Italy. We do NOT want to experience this pandemic they way they have. Our huge population and state-to-state response, especially in the face of inconsistent and belated leadership at the national level, we are already in for some of this. But it is not too late for each and every one of us to make drastic and immediate changes in the way we live. We CAN make a difference.

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Feeling Rebellious?

That’s how Philadelphia felt in September 1918. They went ahead and held a parade hosting 200,000 ten days into the flu pandemic. Then they experienced the worst spike and the most deaths of ANY city in the US. At least they got all that death over with in the first two months. San Francisco successfully ‘flattened the peak’ in the first six weeks, then relaxed restrictions and had ranked sixth amongst cities for number of deaths in a 24-month period. You can read about it for free with Apple News, but I suggest going straight to the source and supporting them with a subscription today.

How Some Cities ‘Flattened the Curve’ During the 1918 Flu Pandemic – National Geographic

Feeling Overwhelmed?

Yes, that’s right. Twenty-four weeks. THREE MONTHS. Our lives are not going to be the same for three to six months and maybe even up to a year, until a reliable and safe vaccine can be developed, produced and distributed. So hunker down and don’t forget to smile, treasure your family, get outside, create something new, do something you’ve always wanted to do, and laugh out loud!

We are gonna do this together.

Chris Mann from The Voice does a parody of Adele’s ‘Hello’ – CAUTION: Language, man in underwear

Good News – The Coronavirus Edition

As we all (hopefully) shelter in, here’s some good news from out there:

Two six-year-old girls on my block play with each other by leaving love messages
from across the street.

Coco’s Welcome Home – Teen welcomed home to neighborhood after finishing chemotherapy, with an appropriately socially-distanced parade – Twitter

What the World Needs Now – Berklee Online College of Music student perform Burt Bacharach’s standard, YouTube

Corrido del Coronavirus by Los Tristes Tigres will make you laugh si habla español

Cheering our health care workers should become our new national sport – Twitter

The Great Empty – NYTimes features photographs of the beautiful works of people, without the crowds

39,000,000 masks sourced by a health care workers union – BuzzFeed

26 Pictures That Will Warm Your Cold Dead Quarantined Heart For At Least Two Minutes – BuzzFeed

James Dyson designed a new ventilator in 10 days. He’s making 15,000 for the pandemic fight – CNN

People are stocking Little Free Libraries with food and goods during coronavirus pandemic – CNN

BuzzFeed keeps us laughing

Discover a new poet everyday at Poets.org– Here’s Louise Bogan (1897-1970) with “Words for Departure”

Hang in there!

Even a Pandemic Can Make Us Laugh – Quarantine Week 1

Let’s face it. We know it’s going to get worse. One week of quarantine already felt really hard. But if we are really going to flatten the curve, that means extending it over a longer period of time. So settle in and get comfy. Because we are going to completely upend our social lives and routines. We are going to have a terrible recession. And people we know are going to get sick or die.

So let’s do something humans do best – LAUGH. Laughter boosts our immune systems. It boosts our mood. It helps us endure and survive. It reminds us that we belong to each other.

For your giggling pleasure, here’s a collection of my belly laughs from Week 1 of California’s COVID19 quarantine:

Keep your distance, wash your hands, and laugh on!