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Coronavirus Diary Day 110: June 30, 2020

Oh Shit, Coronavirus is Still a ThingSo, yeah. Here in America, case numbers are spiking in states like Florida, Arizona, Texas, and California. It’s no surprise North Carolina is also on that list. That’s the carefree state I visited a few weeks ago, where folks acted like they’d never heard of COVID-19, me among them, because quite frankly, we’re all exhausted by it.If you were planning to attend a Broadway show this year, I’m sorry. It’s been officially announced that theaters will not reopen until at least January, 2021.New York State, once the epicenter of the Coronavirus outbreak in America and where nearly 25,000 people have died, seems to have things under control, at least for now. To keep it that way, the state is requiring that visitors from other states self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. And among other measures, NYC is rolling back recommendations for indoor dining, which has posed risks elsewhere.As of today, at least 16 states are pausing their plans to reopen. …

Coronavirus Diary Day 103: June 23, 2020

Numbers (I Know, I Hate This Part, Too)… But Those College Football PlayersThe world is approaching 10 million confirmed Coronavirus cases and just surpassed 475,000 deaths since December 31, 2019 when China alerted the World Health Organization to a mysterious, highly infectious disease. That was almost 6 months ago.In comparison, the WHO estimates that worldwide, the flu results in between 250,000 and 500,000 deaths per year. So, yeah, that’s part of the reason I report these numbers from time to time. Someday, I’ll look back at these pages and think to myself… Putain.

Comparing the number of confirmed cases by countries is sort of a futile effort, because testing isn’t consistent around the globe. Also, different organizations report varying numbers, although they’re close enough, I guess. Anyway, for today, let’s look at deaths:Country - DeathsUSA – 123,344Brazil – 51,502UK – 42,927Italy – 34,675France – 29,720Spain – 28,325Mexico – 22,584Iran – 9,863Belgium – 9,713Germany – 8,986C…

Coronavirus Diary Day 91: June 11, 2020

Enjoy the Halftime ShowAs I type this, I’m sitting on a deck overlooking the beach in the Outer Banks, North Carolina. I’ve been here 4 days, and I will stay here 2 more days. Since my arrival, I have sunbathed, shopped, toured historic sites, purchased groceries, and talked to strangers. Nobody – I mean nobody (OK, maybe a handful of people) – wears facial coverings. Every morning, I drive 5 minutes to Outer Banks Coffee and order a large latte with skim milk and an extra shot of espresso. Please note that I’m not ordering from a drive-through window. I park my car and actually enter the shop and converse with the barista – sans mask.

Last night, I ate dinner in a restaurant for the first time since the beginning of March. Not just at a restaurant, mind you, but in a restaurant. Actually, at the bar!Thanks to Airbnb, I’m staying in a spare bedroom of a stranger’s house. Someone else is staying in her other spare bedroom. The stranger is a restaurant owner, and the someone else is a nu…

Coronavirus Diary Day 84: June 4, 2020

Restaurants Reopening, Haircuts are Happening, Kpop Hijacks Hashtags
In the words of Liz Lemon, “I lie awake at night wondering what fresh hell tomorrow will bring.” Well, guess what?
Tomorrow is Friday, June 5th. It’s the much anticipated day when Pennsylvania officially reopens. Among other things, this means restaurants can serve patrons via outdoor seating. The Hubs and I have dinner reservations. I’m absolutely stoked. Also, extremely nervous about my social skills.
My youngest son, Ryan graduated from high school yesterday. It was… noneventful. Well, ok. He and his friends piled into the back of a landscaping truck and smoked cigars while parading past their school amid the cheers and applause of their teachers, guidance counselors, custodians, cafeteria workers, coaches, administrators, and school volunteers. Most other students enjoyed these festivities from the passenger seats of their moms’ and dads’ luxury SUVs, but luckily for me, Ryan inherited my penchant for lawlessnes…

Coronavirus Diary Day 83: June 3, 2020

I’m Listening.
“On May 25th, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died in Minneapolis, Minnesota after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed face down in the street.” (Wikipedia, June 2020)
That was 10 days ago.
Let me be clear that this “diary” is currently meant to be a real-time account of COVID-19 from my point of view. My goal is and always has been to document the virus and its impact on humanity. I never expected or intended to be sitting here today writing about race, injustice, and inequalities. But I do believe the events of the last 10 days should be addressed alongside this Coronavirus pandemic, as we are living through both atrocities simultaneously, and these are confusing and heartbreaking times.
I’m a writer. I’m hardly at a loss for words. But lately, I have been. It took me this long to get here, and I still don’t have much. So I ask you to be kind in your judgment of me. And if y…

Coronavirus Diary Day 80: May 31, 2020

Black Lives Matter.