Life in the time of Corona – Captain’s log: Day 22

The world is going crazy. I am flooded with memes, good ones and bad ones and sometimes I am not even sure if it’s really funny or whether anything is funny because everything is upside down.

When I started writing this blog I expected that the world will go crazy and maybe they will play reruns of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and Japan will get a cult following. I would still like that to happen. And maybe marble racing can become a popular spectator sport.

What did happen is a whole lot of emoji puzzles. Like seriously, a lot.

There are all kinds of conspiracy theories about. The more expected ones referring to a Dean Koontz novel that has a virus with a similar name. Some science guy in the US who is in trouble with the law for not declaring his interests in China (and he should be prosecuted according to his misdeeds). And the most bizarre one to date: some mysterious link between the new 5G mobile Internet technology and the global health crisis. I didn’t even bother to get into the details of this, because its just so bizarre.

But then again, we live in a bizarre time. If someone told me 6 months ago that the majority of the world will be in lockdown, we would have found it as bizarre as the crazy theories people come up with.

In the end, there will be many things we do not understand. What is very clear is that the best medicine is to stay at home, wash your hands and sneeze and cough into your elbow.

Spare a thought for all the essential workers. The medical personnel in the front lines. People in the food industry making sure we can all eat. Law enforcement and other officials making sure people are safe and at home. Garbage collectors, truck drivers, manufacturers of key materials and equipment. To everyone who is risking their health to serve the rest of us, we salute you.

To the rest of us: Be a hero, stay at home.

Be kind. Stay safe

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