Earning It Either Way
Faces of the Coronavirus, day 9:
College has completely migrated online, and the state of Massachusetts has been shut down. Nobody has any reason to leave the house. We have inﬁnite amounts of time on our hands that could be spent pursuing any number of hobbies, interests, or tasks we never seem to get around to. But one brave soul, my roommate, left the house and rode 25 minutes on the subway to visit his favorite sandwich shop. His order: a meatball sub.
I’ve always loved portmanteau, and the increasingly-bored internet has come up with one of the best ones ever: COVIDiots. The term is referring to fools who leave the house and put themselves at risk for unnecessary reasons. I think it’s safe to put my roommate into that category.
In some ways, I get it. It’s so hard to deal with the uncertainty that comes with every day of this crisis. There are so many variables and potential scenarios, each one more horrifying than the last. And it feels like we don’t have any control over any of them. Oftentimes we can’t even make things better. But the one thing we can control is our ability to not make things worse. We can FaceTime instead of going to our neighbor’s house. We can give up small pleasures to keep the disease from spreading. We can make sandwiches at home. We can stop ourselves from being COVIDiots.
Anyone who isn’t able to work from home, especially those with essential jobs, has my respect and admiration. This isn’t for them. It’s for the rest of us. The rest of us who can stay inside, but let our meatball sub cravings override our fear of pandemics. We can return to normalcy in the (relatively) near future, or we can plunge our planet into an increasingly uncertain crisis because we needed more corn chips. Whatever outcome we get, we’ll have earned it.
Not Leaving the House