NYC in the time of COVID-19

Online, people share memes about washing your hands.

Everyone is having the same conversation.

 

You wait for the subway, and the screen on the platform tells you how to stay safe from COVID-19.

It reminds you that you need to wash your hands.

Everyone around you keeps touching their faces.

 

You board the train, and it seems less crowded than usual, but you still don’t get a seat.

It’s too warm for winter gloves, but people on the train are wearing them anyway.

Or disposable gloves.

Or masks.

An announcement reminds you to always wash your hands.

 

On the bus, you almost miss your stop, because no one wants to press the button.

 

Around you, people are talking. All of them are having the same conversation.

 

You go to Whole Foods, and the line is as long as the line at Trader Joe’s.

At Target, all the shopping carts are taken.

All the stores have run out of hand sanitizer.

And toilet paper.

And rice.

 

The synagogues are closed but the schools are open.

The museums are closed, but Prospect Park is full of people.

All of them are having the same conversation.

You realize you need to wash your hands.

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