The New Normal

Two events that I lived through that I will never forget. The First World Trade Center bombing on February 26, 1993, The Second World Trade Center Bombing on September 11, 2001.Those two events made a lasting impression. I thought I would never see that kind of death and know so many people that were affected. In 2005 I watched Katrina devastate the East Coast. CNN showed dead bodies that ended at first then blurred them, out of respect. These tragedies affected me very strongly and when I am reminded of them I still the sadness, the sense of loss I felt then.
Now we are facing a new national tragedy. The difference is that this is a global problem. The name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”. There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. COVID-19 is affecting not just America but The World.
As I write this on May, 2020 there are 3.27 million cases worldwide, 1.02 million recovered, 234,000 dead. The United States counts for about one-third of these numbers with 1.1 Million sick, 133,000 recovered, and 63,851 dead. In Rockland Country New York where I live we have 11,708 sick, 4,975 recovered and 500 dead. By the time you read this the totals will be higher.
The loss has been overwhelming. Watching the news everyday makes me sad. Networks either interview families who just lost a loved one or someone who is sick with the virus, or remember someone who just passed. This could be anyone no matter what race, color, age, or sexual orientation.
We New Yorkers have been in quarantine since the middle of March and there seems to be no light at end of this tunnel. There are shortages in all aspects of our society food, paper products, personal protection equipment. Schools have closed for the rest of the year (kindergarten to college), no proms, or graduations. In the sports world the NBA, NHL, MLS, MLB and the Olympics were either postpone or canceled.
People are bored and anxious and have no idea what to do with themselves. I’m sure you’re all feeling the same so I’ll ask, what have you been doing to take up your time? A hobby, sewing mask? Binging Netflix or HBO? Let me know how you’re passing the time and let me know what’s worrying you.

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