Flattening the Truth on Coronavirus – The New York Times

Dave Eggers:

P: When did you say this would all end again?

A: Eighteen months. That said, the soonest we’ve ever come up with a vaccine was four years.

P: But everyone’s talking about reopening stores and everything now. How does that square with 18 months?

A: That’s easy. People will die.

P: Wait. What?

A: Oh sure. So many more. Oceans of people. Even just 1,500 a day for eighteen months means 800,000 in the U.S. alone will die from this virus. That’s what the Minnesota scientist says. Osterholm. He’s one of the foremost experts in the world. He’s been right every step of the way so far.

This is hilarious and sad and terrifying all at once. It’s like someone typed out all of the confusion in my head. Especially the part about patronizing local restaurants and businesses.

COVID-19, Days 51 and 52

My oldest kid has started hissing at me. Things are getting weird inside the house instead of just outside.

Meanwhile, my dog looks like a mop.

On a positive note, the IRS’s website finally gave us a delivery date for our stimulus check, and it’s arriving this week. Yay!

I stopped by a convenience store yesterday to pick up one small item. I was the only person wearing a mask because Missouri. A store clerk got in my personal space despite my attempts to avoid him. There were signs posted all over about maintaining six feet of distance.

While checking out, a rotund, red-faced boomer and his wife walked in. They stopped near the doorway, and the guy made eye contact with me and then sorta shook his head before they both walked by me as closely as they could. Dunno if it was intentional, but there was ample space behind me that they opted not to use.

Anyhoo, this is all to say that I’m done going anywhere except for parks until this thing is over. Delivery or pick-up for groceries only, and if we don’t have something, we’ll do without until I can put an order in.

COVID-19, Day 50

I didn't have "massive increase in dog grooming" as an item on my pandemic punchcard, but there it is. I wouldn't be surprised if she started hiding from me soon. Lots of brushing, extra baths, etc. I'm probably just compensating because we can't send her to the real groomers.

COVID-19, Day 49

Seven weeks.

Tonight we make pizza. Homemade crust!

Started exercising again today with a roughly two mile hike around my neighborhood carrying a heavy backpack. Felt good to make progress on Rule #1.

I hear it’s Friday, which still lightens my mood even though days are meaningless.

Some states are starting to reopen today. If you’re in one of them, I’m so sorry.