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!

To China, With Love

“Free Hugs,” by Serve the City Geneva

I am so sorry for your losses. I am even more sorry that people are saying unkind and racist things about your country and about Chinese people throughout the world, just because your country was unfortunate enough to experience first what we are all experiencing now. Even as some people blame you for this pandemic, you are mobilizing your country’s resources to help the world respond to something that is no one’s fault.

I am grateful to your government for sharing information with the rest of the world that can help us all through this, and for the way you swiftly mobilized all resources available to contain and respond the this health crisis, without. I am grateful to your health care workers for being on the front lines of designing a response to COVID19. I am grateful that you were able to do all this even without knowing what we now know about this virus. I am grateful to your scientists for working so hard to find out as much as we can about this coronavirus and how to survive and defeat it.

You may not have done everything perfectly. Perhaps you were slow to admit to yourselves and the world that we are facing a pandemic. But some people in our leadership have been every bit as much in denial and slow to take appropriate action, just as some people in our citizenry have willfully ignored advice to slow this virus.

You have already faced the worst of this, because you faced it first and alone. We are lucky to be following behind you, benefitting from your wisdom, learning from your mistakes. You shouldered the steepest learning curve bravely and with fortitude. Thank you.

I am sorry that when you were fighting this disease, we were not fighting alongside you. We were not sending whatever resources we could to help. We stood by and watched in fear and overconfidence.

We look to you even now, to learn how this disease will transform our families, our societies and our world. We look to you for the hope of recovery. And to all of you who have suffered and lost loved ones, I know I speak with the voice of many Americans when I offer you our deepest condolences.

I am so sorry for your losses.

#Plagueschooling Day 3

Due to the coronavirus epidemic and current shelter-in-place order, the Never Never School (of Witchcraft and Wizardry) has closed for the time being to keep its staff and students safe. 

We have sent home: the nurse, all the teachers (including Math, Writing, Reading, Science, Spanish, History/Social Studies, Poetry, Art, etc), the cafeteria staff, the librarian, the computer lab teacher, the cleaning staff and the Headmistress.

Students are still responsible for reading, writing about their reading, getting outside for exercise, using quiet voices inside the mansion, getting along with each other, being exceedingly polite to all elders, completing chores, CLEANING UP AFTER THEMSELVES and going to bed on time.

We will be in touch soon via email with an interminable flood of ongoing, exceedingly verbose and simultaneously obtuse communications providing further guidance as to the continuing education of your children during these challenging times. 

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!