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Life in the Time of Pandemic

Coronavirus
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After much thought, I cancelled my trip to Italy this summer. It was supposed to be a tour of the Lombardy region which has become the epicenter of the country’s coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Within a few weeks, the virus has spread all over Italy causing more than 4,000 deaths, the most of any country in the world. In an attempt to slow down the spread of the virus, the government has imposed a national quarantine advising the population to stay at home and closing schools and most businesses.

The World Health Organization has already declared the coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic after it has gained a foothold in 186 countries and territories around the world.

In the U.S.. Pres. Trump has consistently downplayed the threat and believed it would go away as temperatures warm. He has been inclined to go with the far-right thinking that the whole thing is overblown created by the “deep state” to hurt his reelection chances.

As the number of infections across the nation has surged, however, he has somewhat changed his rhetoric. According to New York Times, with more testing being done, at least 17,962 people have tested positive for coronavirus and at least 239 patients have died.

“My administration,” he said in a recent press briefing, “is recommending that all Americans, including the young and healthy, work to engage in schooling from home when possible, avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people, avoid discretionary travel and avoid eating and drinking in bars, restaurants, and public food courts.”

Without these actions, an epidemic modeling group at Imperial College London warned 2.2 million people in the United States could die.

In California where I live, Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered all California residents to stay home, except as needed for certain essential activities with no end date in place. Allowable activities outside the home include getting food, caring for a relative or friend, and getting necessary health care or critical medical supplies. Outdoor recreation and exercise are also allowed as long as social distancing and other “common sense” preventive measures are followed. Do they impinge on our individual liberty and freedom of choice? For sure, they do. But under the circumstances, they’re necessary for the common good.

Without these mitigation efforts, the governor projects that 25.5 million in California will contract coronavirus. We need to come together to face this crisis.

I see the world evolving as a result of this pandemic. Our society will be transformed and the way we interact with each other changed forever. For the better or worse? Only time could tell.

As for my cancelled trip to Italy, the tour company has refused to refund the deposit I already paid. The best they could do was give me an equivalent credit for a future tour which is fine with me.

March 21, 2020 at 2:55 pm 2 comments

Mmm Monday: A Tasty Treat

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Crostini
Location: Montone, Perugia, Italy

 

Italian Crostini

 
Crostini are small slices of crisp and crunchy bread served as part of a meal. In Italian, it means “little toasts” and usually topped with cheese, nuts, vegetables and even meats.

During our trip to Italy, we had the pleasure of visiting a family in Montone where we spent part of afternoon with the owner searching for truffles in his farm.

Black Truffles
Black Truffles

 
Truffles are wild mushrooms that grow underground. They are hard to find without the aid of a trained dog who can smell them.

For dinner, we were offered crostiniK with truffles on top. It was such a special treat that we couldn’t thank the family enough for their hospitality.

March 17, 2019 at 9:17 am 2 comments

Wordless Wednesday: Give Me Euro Or Give Me Dollar

Statue of Liberty
Location: Rome, Italy

 

March 4, 2019 at 9:18 am 8 comments

Wordless Wednesday: The Flock Meets the Road

Flock on the Highway
Location: Enna, Sicily, Italy

 

May 28, 2018 at 9:29 am 11 comments

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twisted

Tree with Twisted Trunk
Location: Paestum, Salerno, Campania, Italy

 
I found this tree when we visited the ancient Greek city of Paestum in Southern Italy. It didn’t appear to have aged gracefully suffering from fate’s twists and turns.

Could it be as old as the nearby ruins dating as far back as 450 BC? I don’t think so, but all was well. Its location gave it an opportunity to stand out and be noticed. Besides, it did provide a nice shade to rest under on a hot and sunny day.
 

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