Day 3

Day 3 – Total confirmed cases in US: 6,510

Today was supposed to be my first day on vacation in Aruba. I had been pushing myself to finish up a few things, like a job, so I could relax and enjoy a few days away from everything. Then I was reminded that there are some things that you can’t get away from. The last time I looked there were 2 confirmed cases in Aruba.

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It happened quickly last week: the stock market crashed; people were encouraged to work from home; gatherings of 500 or more were banned; the NBA cancelled their season; Live Nation cancelled their concerts; Broadway cancelled their plays; museums and colleges closed, then all the public schools in the city, Westchester, and Long Island. The president made a speech to reassure the nation. The stock market crashed some more. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Kentucky Derby are postponed. Restaurants and bars are closed in New York City. Gatherings of 10 or more are discouraged. Cities are moving toward a policy called shelter in place.

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The governor estimates that the peak of virus infection in our state is 45 days away.

In Seattle, they are testing an experimental vaccine.

Statistically, half of the people I know will get it and a portion of them look like a stiff breeze would do them in. Luckily for all of us, the virologists have now had months of experience with this virus and they honestly seem to hate it with monomaniacal passion.

We have had sunsets the last two nights that were suitably ominous, with just enough light peeking through to offer a glimmer of hope.

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Published by mikepowernyc

Named one of New York's Best Emerging Poets 2019, my poetry chapbook The New Normal was published by Analog Submission Press. My novel The Zoo was published by Cacoethes Publishing House. Other poems and short stories have appeared in various publications, including Subterranean Blue Poetry, The Journal of Microfiction, and Sick Lit Magazine. Other works include a staged reading of my play Digging Up John Barrymore, performed by Dreamcatcher Entertainment, and five albums of original music recorded with my band Late Model Humans.

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