As my brother in Brooklyn emailed in response to the featured photo, “Nothing says Happy Holidays like hand sanitizer!” But I implore everyone to stay put and mingle with no more than a handful, outdoors, over the upcoming holidays. The post-Thanksgiving statistics coming from the USA are terrifying. I know this enforced staying apart from people can be hard, especially for the extroverts among us. But with more than 100,000 new cases PER DAY in the USA, with a projection of 200,000+ by Christmas, the hospitals simply cannot cope. The explosion of cases is, in part, due to the one million who travelled to visit family over the Thanksgiving holiday. According to data released by MSNBC journalist Rachel Maddow a couple days ago, the White House Covid Taskforce reckons that if you travelled over the Thanksgiving holiday then assume you have been infected and are infectious right now, whether you feel fine or not.
Here is the link on YouTube of Maddow’s Report. Watch right to the end. https://youtu.be/VlWoEBpfGj0
A cautionary tale for Europeans where Christmas is the big family celebration of the year.
I have been practicing writing sonnets recently, so this Tuesday’s Weekly Poem is a sonnet. And given the news it has a distinctly Covid19 Christmas theme.
Covid Christmas Tell me what says Christmas cinematically to you? Maybe "It's a Wonderful Life?" Or "Die Hard?" Perhaps you crave "Love, Actually?" "Home Alone?" Given we have had much more than a cameo from He Who Shall Not Be Named, who can take credit for our solitary, Covid Christmas scenario....Hmmm. An enraged Grinch stole it, along with many thousands of souls. Empty chairs. Even some empty tables. Masked, visored, in full battledress PPE, our medics cannot stem the tide of truth. Fables are the stuff of children's bedtime fairy tales. Those cautioning you not to let the wolf loose in the chicken coop. Or becoming one yourself.
Take you joy safely this holiday season. Make your happy where you can, but with very few. Stock up on you favourite films. Buy a silly Christmas mask to match you silly Santa hat. Remember that all those hospital staff valiantly trying to save the lives of those who became infected will not be spending the day with their families. They might be trying to save a member of your family.
Which is love in action, actually.