Plague journal 5

The abnormal becomes normal

It’s amazing how quickly one can become used to something. On Monday and Tuesday I had a hard time doing anything, but today I got on with work pretty much normally. Yes, we’re in the middle of a massive crisis, and tens of thousands of people are going to die, maybe even over a million… but on the other hand, my daily life isn’t much different to the way it was before.

The year everyone was forced to be an introvert for months! I’m trying to imagine how it would feel if the situation was reversed, if some strange disaster meant that I was required to go out to a party and meet a bunch of strangers every evening. I’d probably want to die by the end of the first week. Sorry, extroverts, I guess this must be awful for you. But for me, it’s two more days until Animal Crossing is released for the Nintendo Switch, and I can retreat into that happy fantasy life.

I haven’t paid much attention to the news, but I did see that Nevada forced all remaining casinos to close, and 15,000 people who went to a dental conference in Vancouver have been told to self-isolate.

Austin has now officially closed all dine-in restaurants and bars, and is saying no gatherings of more than 10 people.