A Letter to COVID-19

April 2, 2020

Dear COVID-19, 


When I first heard about your arrival in China, I didn’t pay you much attention. I didn’t take you seriously until you made it to America, unfortunately. Did you not like that so many people took you as a joke? Now, you have demanded the attention of everyone around the world. COVID-19, in a really short period of time, you have managed to turn everything upside down. The Governor of New York said we are all on “pause” because of you. I don’t know how successful I am each day, but I’m trying to get used to this new normal…this “pause.” Since your arrival, my home has turned into my permanent workspace. It wasn’t that long ago when it was only used as my place of solace. Before you came, I used to luxuriate in the library uninterrupted for 8 hours. Now, I can only work uninterrupted between the hours 10pm and 5am. Because of you, I’m forced to have various meetings all over my home, and my son likes to make unannounced appearances at these meetings. He doesn’t care if I’m trying to instruct a class on Zoom or if I’m trying to have a conversation with my dissertation advisors. My son doesn’t know what’s going on or who you are, COVID-19. I hope that he never meets you. Whatever lesson you are trying to teach us, COVID-19, I hope that we learn the lesson and that you leave. 






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