The world’s cases of covid-19 are skyrocketing. Up past 600,000 confirmed and showing no signs of slowing down. France reported the first death of a teenager, Juliette, aged 16. The US reported the first death of a baby, too. What we thought was a group that was relatively untouched - children - is turning out … Continue reading The Coronavirus Containment Dispatches: Day 12
My back hurts from lying prostrate all day. Each swallow causes sharp pain to shoot down my throat. I can only sleep for the short periods of relief after taking pain medication. I twist and turn the night away like a sick Sam Cooke. The headache is manageable, and I still do not have a … Continue reading The Coronavirus Containment Dispatches: Day 11
I can hardly swallow. My head feels like someone hit me in the face with a baseball bat. Mucus is stuck in my sinus, can't suck it down, can't blow it out. In all likelihood, coronavirus is here. I don't have a temperature yet or trouble breathing fortunately. I haven't even coughed once. This is … Continue reading The Coronavirus Containment Dispatches: Day 10
I cannot let the creeping helplessness of confinement whittle away at who I am.
Belleville is a diverse place. We used to joke that my wife is the only French person on our street. My immediate neighborhood is primarily government-subsidized housing. In the times before the pandemic our street in front of our place looked like a river of people flowing too and fro. When my parents came to … Continue reading The Coronavirus Containment Dispatches: Day 8