COVID-19: Pandemic, Stasis, and Change

Last week, I was on the subway heading off to work, a normal state of affairs for me on a Monday. This was a fairly standard train ride, except for a few notable exceptions: I was wearing gloves, and a heavy winter-jacket with a pull-over face mask, despite the face that this was late in March and the weather had been somewhat temperate. I recall being conscious of where my hands were going, of avoiding touching the support poles of the train, and of trying to sit in such a way that I wasn’t adjacent to or next to anyone. I also recall how empty the train was, with maybe six or eight people in my car– a far cry from the usual Monday morning, with train cars packed like sardines, rolling claustrophobic nightmares of compression.

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