A Journal of the Plague Year 2020–chapter 11

by HardyGreen on March 23, 2020

Thursday, March 19

Much of the day gets spent futzing around with the website, taking and downloading photos to be posted, and seeking e-books about previous plagues, the 1918 Spanish flu outbreak, and other such epidemics. None of these are available, so I pursue escape in Kenneth Grahame’s children’s book, The Wind in the Willows. Surprisingly, there is some resonance with our situation: Rat and Mole get caught in dire weather in the Wild Wood and seek to shelter in place with the hibernating Mr. Badger in his remote bunker, which fortunately has a well-stocked larder.

Back in reality, deaths in Italy have risen by a startling 475 in a day, with 3,000 total fatalities so far. Asians worry about a second wave of the infection, as people returning home from abroad could bring it back with them.

The crisis could be a boon to writers from Richard Preston (The Hot Zone) to Octavia E. Butler (Parable of the Talents)—but can homebound readers find a way to get their books?

Stocks close up slightly, with the S&P 500 rising around 1%.

Dinner: Progresso beef barley soup, lettuce and apple salad, baked potatoes with sour cream.

Evening entertainment: two episodes of Netflix’ impressive The Crown and an episode (impenetrable to me) of Sherlock.

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