Life in a Pandemic

What I’m Hearing About the Virus in Iran

What I’m Hearing About the Virus in Iran

Nowruz, the Persian New Year, is a celebration of life. The holiday falls on the Spring equinox and celebrates light triumphing over darkness. Only this year, it did not feel quite this way.   On March 19, en route to my family’s celebration in San Diego, the state of California announced a stay-at-home order commencing at […]

Fighting COVID With Homemade Masks

Fighting COVID With Homemade Masks

Last week, two weeks after New York adopted a shelter-in-place order, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that everyone wear a face covering in public. Mayor Bill de Blasio and President Trump last week also recommended people wear face coverings, though Trump made a point of saying he would not follow the recommendation.  […]

Lonely in Lockdown

Lonely in Lockdown

A countdown clock appears above the name Nidhi. I click “Start Video” and suddenly, I’m in Nidhi’s room in Adelaide, Australia. The upper righthand corner of my screen shows a 120 second timer that slowly ticks down. The 20-year-old University of Melbourne student in front of me giggles. Light peeks through a shaded window behind […]

On the Frontlines: A Home Healthcare Worker Fears for Her Patient and Herself

On the Frontlines:  A Home Healthcare Worker Fears for Her Patient and Herself

The Honduran native is up before the sun and gets ready for work. Six days a week, her mornings are exactly the same, even now in the time of COVID-19. She rides the 6 train from her home in the Bronx to the 103rd Street stop and then walks another two blocks to her workplace. […]

On the Frontlines: A Funeral Home’s New Normal

On the Frontlines: A Funeral Home’s New Normal

Tight embraces, hand holding, and intimate gatherings to celebrate a life well lived have always been standard practices in the funeral industry. But in the age of COVID-19, such ceremonial rituals can’t exist in tandem with social distancing protocol.   As the death toll nears 2,000 in New York State alone, the governor’s office instructed funeral […]