That thing


That thing we don’t talk about

Of that we mustn’t speak

Yet it’s all around us

In the air, on our lips, on our minds

Always on our minds

We can’t escape it, but we pretend oh so well

The occasional nervous laugh, a reminder of what we know

The side glance, our way of asking if it’s been found out

The whisper, words of worry quietly shared between us

We act as if that thing isn’t real, alive, ever present

We walk away, in opposite directions

And that thing isn’t spoken of

For at least another day

BREAKING: NY TIMES: CDC tells Americans to prepare for coronavirus outbreak

According to the New York Times,

“It’s not so much of a question of if this will happen in this country any more but a question of when this will happen,” said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

She said that public health officials have no idea whether the spread of the disease to the United States would be mild or severe, but that Americans should be ready for a significant disruption to their daily lives.

TIME: Coronavirus Could Cost World $1 Trillion If It Becomes a Pandemic, Analysts Predict

The ghastly prospect that the coronavirus outbreak could become the first truly disruptive pandemic of the globalization era is renewing doubts over the stability of the world economy. With the death toll approaching 3,000, over 80,000 cases officially recorded and an outbreak in Italy now shutting down the richest chunk of its economy, some economists…

via Coronavirus Could Cost World $1 Trillion If It Becomes a Pandemic, Analysts Predict — TIME