The Coronavirus Containment Dispatches: Day 55

A hard wind blows wild with only 11 minutes to go until midnight. 11 minutes until May 11th - the start of deconfinement - and I lie awake listening to the wind batter the sides of our new house. The excitement is palpable. We’re almost at the end of the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. … Continue reading The Coronavirus Containment Dispatches: Day 55

The Coronavirus Containment Dispatches: Day 53

The quais are packed full of humanity. Kids jostle to fill up squirt guns at the fountain in the playground. Chatters sit at the chess tables and on the edge of the canal with cans of 1664. If it wasn’t for the ubiquitous masks, you could be forgiven for asking “what lockdown?” We’re only a … Continue reading The Coronavirus Containment Dispatches: Day 53

The Coronavirus Containment Dispatches: Day 51

The coronavirus pandemic has forced a reckoning of the business world. Good times over the past decade provided cover for companies to play loose. Now their debt is coming due. Even companies with solid balance sheets are fretting. They eye deconfinement warily hoping that revenue will scale back up as fast as it was lost. … Continue reading The Coronavirus Containment Dispatches: Day 51

The Coronavirus Containment Dispatches: Day 50

If it takes 21 days to create a new habit, what the hell are we creating now? We all knew somewhere deep down that this pandemic would change us all. The more optimistic among us hoped that whatever happened we would adapt. The pessimistic viewed it as the end of the world as we know … Continue reading The Coronavirus Containment Dispatches: Day 50

The Coronavirus Containment Dispatches: Day 49

Around the world coronavirus lockdowns are starting to ease. European nations that have grappled with controlling the disease are starting to reopen schools and relax restrictions on movement. Spanish people can finally exercise outside again. Children are back in Danish schools. Small shops are opening in Austria and Germany. I saw a girl changing a … Continue reading The Coronavirus Containment Dispatches: Day 49