Category: Journal of the Plague Year

Life Under Lockdown

With people locked in their homes and all but a few designated businesses closed, the economy slows down so fast people think it’s stopped. It is the great paradox of relative motion. Normally we are all moving along on the…

Life is Cancelled

People went to the parks, so the state closed the parks. People went to the beaches, so the state closed the beaches. Then it turned out they couldn’t close the beaches, so they closed the parking lots that surround the…

Shelter in Place

A statewide shelter-in-place order has been issued by Governor Newsom. “All individuals living in the State of California are currently ordered to stay home or at their place of residence, except for permitted work, local shopping or other permitted errands,…

School’s Out (Forever?)

Over 5.7 million California children — more than nine out of 10 public school students — have been sent home from school. Coronavirus concerns of panicky parents, anxious administrators, and troubled teachers led numerous school districts to cease operations. It…

Pandemic

On March 11th, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. It’s the first time the WHO has called an outbreak a pandemic since the H1N1 “swine flu” in 2009. In response, the governor of California declared mass gatherings verboten.…

Emergency Powers

Governor Gavin Newsom made his declaration of emergency and began exercising the extensive emergency powers granted to him by this singular declaration.

The Happiest Day

There is a plague in China. The New York Times reports: Fear of Virus Ruins the ‘Happiest Day’ for Millions of Chinese. In Wuhan, the city at the center of the epidemic, Lunar New Year celebrations were subdued while residents…