What We’re Reading: 03/20/20


Let’s start with COVID-19 related news. Coronavirus is transforming our way of life, and you don’t need us to tell you that, we’re all living it. But with the constant stream of information, finding quality, trusted sources can sometimes feel daunting. Here are a few highlights from the week that we recommend you check out and follow—

Gov. Andrew Cuomo: ‘It’s Making Sure We Live Through This.’ 

Governor Cuomo joined the New York Times podcast The Daily to talk about how our state is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a sobering and important interview for every one of us in every state to hear. (From nytimes.com; podcast)

Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve” 

Still a little unclear on how social distancing slows the rate of infection? These infographics are randomized to sample differently every time you open the webpage and do a brilliant job explaining the critical work of slowing the spread. (From washingtonpost.com)

N.Y. Has Over 40 Percent of U.S. Coronavirus Cases: Live Updates

New York state is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States. As testing ramps up, numbers will double and triple each day. Keep checking this page for up-to-date information, and please stay home. (From nytimes.com)

Below are two fantastic reads to take your mind elsewhere for a few minutes. Give yourself a break, you deserve it.

How a Young Woman Lost Her Identity

Hannah Upp was diagnosed with a rare condition called dissociative fugue, which causes people to lose access to their autobiographical memory and sense of self. She’s gone missing for weeks at a time on several occasions. The trajectory of her story unravels what it means to connect with others and be tethered a self in a known world. Don’t miss this. (From newyorker.com)

"The Knowers" by Helen Phillips

What if you lived knowing the exact date of your own death long in the future? Would the knowledge empower you; burden you; terrify you? All of the above? This beautiful short story asks the important questions with acute poignancy, leaving you to reflect on the quality of a moment, a relationship, and life itself. (From electricliterature.com)

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