Opinion | Coronavirus in America: A Highlight Reel

Ruth Cowan
Irvington, N.Y.

To the Editor:

I have several markers for Covid-19 risk: over 65 years old, immune compromised, Type 1 diabetes, formerly had cancer and chemo, and had a cancerous lung removed. For me to volunteer in the proximity of others would be, in my case, potentially life-threatening. Therefore, I am stuck at home.

Yesterday at 7 p.m., outside my window, I suddenly heard hooting and clapping and yelling. I opened the window, and on every balcony, in every window and on rooftops were residents of my Turtle Bay neighborhood cheering on the health care workers. I quickly turned on my amp, plugged in my microphone and played “Amazing Grace” on my harmonica. Now I finally have a small way to help.

From now on, every night at 7, if you hear “Amazing Grace” on harmonica amid all the hooting and hollering and clapping, that’s me helping our heroic health care workers the only way I know how.

Margie Goldsmith
New York

To the Editor:

I am a member of ChaiVillageLA, an older adult organization providing caring services and a rich array of programs to keep us active, informed and independent. During the coronavirus outbreak, our board and staff are calling all of our 240 members to check in. We ask how they are and what they may need — from groceries to rides to the doctor. They all say they are OK, but sound sad and lonely.

So we schmooze on the phone, speak about TV shows they are watching or books they are reading, and we laugh about something silly like not being able to have our hair colored. By the time we hang up I know the call has made a difference — a friendly voice, some good repartee and the knowledge that the calls will keep coming, every week.

Sherri W. Morr
Los Angeles

To the Editor:

Here in Denver we’re lucky to have a bit of a front yard. From our now adult children’s remaining toys, my husband’s playful imagination cobbled together a mise-en-scène of a weathered tiny toy house with an equally weathered elf with shovel in hand, and a bear (the Big Blue Bear, a Denver icon), all three elements astonishingly in proportion, and sited them under dogwood branches still bare of leaves.

From the now well-traveled sidewalks we hear shouts of discovery as this tableau captures the attention of both young and old — and for a moment lifts the dreadful cloud of Covid-19.

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