“She tore up a picture of the pope. Then her life came apart. These days, she just wants to make music.”
“I return to work because I’m just as freaked out as everyone else. I find comfort in routine, in seeing the same faces day after day. My grocery store job is the only facet of my life that hasn’t completely changed in the last two weeks. Without it, I wouldn’t recognize anything at all and would probably sooner collapse with a nervous breakdown.”
“You shouldn’t stay here,” he says, but he gets more frightened as night comes, dreading the long hours of fever and soaking sweats and shivering and terrible aches. “This thing grinds you like a mortar,” he says.
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Public health officials, scientists, and epidemiologists say that the coronavirus can be stopped by using rapid adaptive measures by health workers and cooperation from the general population.
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