Coping with COVID: When will it end?
By Eddee Daniel
Frustration has been mounting for weeks. Fear and uncertainty have been the dominant emotions in many communities for months. It’s a combustible combination in any case. Add to that the fact that people of color have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. Is it any wonder that the tragic killing of George Floyd has sparked unrest and even violence? For the first time since March the pandemic has not dominated the headlines.
The news has been grim. Only a week ago the New York Times broke with tradition and devoted the entire front page of its Sunday edition to commemorating the milestone of 100,000 coronavirus deaths in the US. Now this.
We don’t know when the pandemic will end, but we do know how: A vaccine will become available; medical treatments will catch up to the virus. We can imagine that endpoint even in our impatience for the end of the crisis. Can we also imagine a world without racism?
Summer has arrived, with a vengeance. It was 92° today. Will that drive more people to the beaches—or to the streets? Possibly both.
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Photo essay: This week in the parks
This is the twelfth installment in our “Coping with COVID” series. Here are the previous ones:
Remember, our “Find-a-Park” map can help you locate a park or preserve. Please observe safe personal hygiene and social distancing guidelines when you head out for fresh air, exercise and a healthy dose of nature. And, as always, take only pictures and leave only footprints.
To see the complete set of chronological images from over 100 different places taken during the COVID-19 shutdown, go to Eddee’s Flickr album.
The featured image at the top is from Menomonee River Parkway in Wauwatosa. Eddee Daniel is a board member of Preserve Our Parks and A Wealth of Nature Project Director. All images in today’s photo essay were shot in the past week.