A Journal of the Plague Year 2020–chapter 22

Got drugs?

Monday, March 30

I just conducted a census of my cache of prescription drugs. I take four different pills and have about six weeks’ worth of two, seven weeks’ worth of another, and 11 weeks’ worth of the fourth. So I am in pretty good shape, even though the most important drug will run out first. Since all of these prescriptions are lodged at a Manhattan drugstore, I’ll probably have to figure out how to transfer everything to a store out here even though that will mean contacting three different doctors.

Who’s sick? John Prine, a fingerpicking guitarist and folk singer who first came to prominence in the 1970’s, has COVID-19 and has been placed on a ventilator. Some of his better-known songs include Angel From Montgomery, which was covered by Bonnie Raitt, and Illegal Smile, a knowing wink to the pleasure of cannabis.

Also, opera megastar Placido Domingo, 79, is hospitalized in Acapulco with COVID-19 complications.

Sick and Tired: Instacart grocery-delivery workers and Amazon workers walk out on strike today for better pay and paid sick leave. Amazon warehouse workers on Staten Island say the 5,000 worker facility there, known as JFK8, has numerous cases and should be shut down and sanitized. Seeking similar protections, Whole Foods workers plan a sick-out tomorrow.

More beds: As improvised hospital tents arise in Central Park, U.S. Navy hospital ship Comfort enters New York harbor, providing the city with 1,000 extra beds. 

I meant to say…Having previously insisted that he would reopen the economy by Easter, Trump reverses field and says Americans should continue the current restrictions until the end of April. Holding down the death count to 100,000 would represent “a pretty good job,” says numbers expert Trump.

Safe spaces. In a Nevada parking lot, social-distancing boxes are painted to indicate where the homeless should sleep.

Dinner: The last of the ground beef will create meatballs for spaghetti and drop meatballs with tomato sauce. https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1016833-spaghetti-and-drop-meatballs-with-tomato-sauce 

and a green salad, one of the last since the lettuce is running low.

Entertainment: Two episodes of streaming video The Crown, season three. There has been switch of actors playing all the main roles, with Olivia Colman instead of Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth. The change is disorienting.

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