The Cure to…The Coronavirus?
On the one hand, who knew how hard it was to quit touching your face?
On another hand, there’s a solid chance that we will be ashamed of this cavalier email in the future.
On the third hand, we’re not talking about a vaccine to Covid19, the actual disease.
Sadly, vaccine development remains out of CONVICTS production budget.
What we’re talking about is this whole “coronavirus” phenomenon: the palpable sense of rising stress, the way everyone’s sniffling and distracted in the office. We’re convinced there’s some serious psychosomatics to this scene, but regardless, coronavirus has already infected our collective subconscious.
And you know?
It’s probably already infected some of us too.
But really, aside from WASHING OUR HANDS AND COVERING OUR COUGHS AND TAKING EMERGEN-C AND ZINC EVERY DAY AND NOT TOUCHING OUR FACES what ….what can we actually do about it?
Not much, is the thing. We can’t really stop working, or taking the train, or hanging out with each other.
And fair, we might be scraping for silver linings here, but this is where the coronavirus becomes an exercise in pseudo-Zen: we go about our days with our coffee and emails and a comfortable illusion of control yet (not to get unduly morbid) but every day there are a thousand chances for it to be our last.
We ignore the close calls on the highway, on the crosswalk, on the subway platform and get on with it. Death is always right there. Things less worse than death are even nearer. And we do a damn good job of filtering them out.
Really, the coronavirus is just business as usual, tinged with hysteria and writ-large on the internet. And don’t get us wrong: we’re not saying COVID-19 isn’t a deadly serious world-historical event. It will, in all likelihood, result in severe tragedy. Potentially personal tragedy.
But we just don’t know.
That’s to say: a healthy concern about public hygiene is different than the fear of the unknown. One is productive, the other is not.
As one of the world’s OGs, His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama said, “if there is no solution to the problem then don’t waste time worrying about it. If there is a solution to the problem then don’t waste time worrying about it.”
Easier said than done, sure…yet doable.
But, to set you on your way, here’s some good news about the COVID-19 situation:
- The Vietnamese Government might be the hottest new EDM producer on the globe. Their absolute banger of a track “Jealous Coronavirus” is pure excellence/already stuck in our heads.
- If you’re looking to get spooky, check this out. Apparently, some psychic predicted the coronavirus twelve years ago… the good news is the psychic also said the virus would be in and out like a bad Tinder date.
- Science says the coronavirus isn’t worth freaking out over. This Times article doesn’t sugarcoat the realities of the virus, but also provides extra-healthy food for thought that will gird your psychological immune system against panic. Same with this slightly denser article from The Atlantic.
Now, considering reality and all, we reckon about half of everyone will hermit up this weekend and snack on all kinds of content anyway, here’s some ideas so you don’t find yourself crippled with choice in front of the Netflix home screen.
- Watch the trailer for A24’s upcoming film The Green Knight, then read about the medieval British poem the film is based on (if you really aim to go full nerd, read the actual poem…it’s sick). It’s especially relevant to climate change and will be excellent material for intellectual one-upmanship in the future.
- If you need a new book, read The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner. Novel about a motor-cycle riding young woman who comes to New York to be a filmmaker. Nominated for National Book Award. Uncut, high-test excellence.
- Watch The Dawn Wall on Netflix. It’s a wilder, more narratively compelling and basically realer-feeling climbing film in the vein of Free Solo. Cheek-clenching heights and a legitimately wild story of human perseverance.
- Listen to Mulatu of Ethiopia, third album by the elder statesman of Ethiopian jazz, Mulatu Astatke. The album’s slinky flow of sounds is mellow yet transporting. Optimal music for indoor activities.
- Cook edibles. Then eat them.
Most of all…please…don’t sweat the coronavirus. Sure, be smart about avoiding the things you know you need to avoid and doing the things you know you need to do. But mostly, enjoy the weekend.
Use the proximity of the bad to heighten your awareness of the good.
To your health,
April Fools Seems Foolish
Usually, we here at CONVICTS take our unseriousness seriously. We reckon that we could all take ourselves with a larger grain ...
THE CURE – This Too Shall Pass
Recall a few weeks ago when we were like: “maybe in a few weeks we’ll feel foolish for slinging such a ...