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Wash your hands and disinfect your thoughts. ~Daniel G. Amen, M.D., @doc_amen, Instagram post, 2020 March 16th

Conversations will not be cancelled.
Relationships will not be cancelled.
Love will not be cancelled.
Songs will not be cancelled.
Reading will not be cancelled.
Self-care will not be cancelled.
Hope will not be cancelled.
May we lean into the good stuff that remains.
~Jamie Tworkowski, @jamietworkowski, @TWLOHA, 2020 March 12th

We belong to each other, and we can do hard things. ~Glennon Doyle, @glennondoyle, Instagram post, 2020 March 12th

Your grandparents were called to war.
You are being asked to sit on your couch for two weeks.
We can do this!
~Internet meme, March 2020

Anyone have a recipe to make toilet paper from cauliflower? ~Internet meme, March 2020

I’m either coming out of this quarantine 50 lbs lighter or 100 lbs heavier, only time will tell. ~Chris Burns, @fatcarriebshaw, tweet, 2020 March 16th

When I was a child and would see scary things on the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." ~Fred Rogers (1928–2003), as quoted in You Are Special: Neighborly Words of Wisdom from Mister Rogers, 1994

We stay at work for you.
Please stay home for us!
~Plea from doctors, nurses, and medical personnel everywhere for people to stay home and isolate to avoid spreading the virus, March 2020

viruses are contagious
so is panic
choose wisely
~Dr. Caroline Leaf, @drcarolineleaf, Instagram post, 2020 March 12th

As an INFJ, this social distancing is everything I’ve been waiting for since the day I was born. ~Keith Wynn, @Darxist_Marxist, tweet, 2020 March 14th

Not in one single episode of The Walking Dead did I see people fighting over toilet paper. ~Kali, @perksofbeingkr, tweet, 2020 March 16th

As difficult as it is — (And I cannot imagine a single human being that I know, who doesn’t find this insanity difficult) — try to find the positive. Even if it is one tiny little positive, it will still have more power than all of the negative combined. ~Donnie Wahlberg, @DonnieWahlberg, tweet, 2020 March 17th

due to precautionary
measures the world
has been canceled
this year...
~Newspaper blackout poetry by @littlegoldenblackoutpoems, Instagram post, 2020 March 19th

One day this is going to be over — can you imagine that day? How we'll come out into the sun and laugh and hug and sing and dance and hold hands? I'm living for that day. It'll be like nothing we've experienced before. ~Glennon Doyle, @glennondoyle, Instagram post, 2020 March 18th

Introducing the Coronadab, stay looking cool while sneezing into your elbow. You're welcome 😷 This could go viral 😊 #CoronaDab  ~@CFR_Nick, tweet, 2020 February 13th

My quarantine schedule:  8 am10 pm:  Take advantage of a once in a lifetime opportunity and spend an unprecedented amount of time with family. ~George Resch, @Tank.Sinatra, @tanksgoodnews, Instagram post, 2020 March 21st

      There is a certain malady of the mind induced by too much of one thing. Just as the body fed too long upon meat becomes a prey to that horrid disease called scurvy, so the mind fed too long upon monotony succumbs to the insidious mental ailment which the West calls "cabin fever." True, it parades under different names, according to circumstances and caste. You may be afflicted in a palace and call it ennui, and it may drive you to commit peccadillos and indiscretions of various sorts...
      Be sure that it will make you abnormally sensitive to little things; irritable where once you were amiable; glum where once you went whistling about your work and your play... It will betray your little, hidden weaknesses, cut and polish your undiscovered virtues, reveal you in all your glory or your vileness to your companions in exile — if so be you have any.
      Cabin fever has driven men crazy. It has warped and distorted character out of all semblance to its former self. It has sweetened love and killed love... ~Bertha Muzzy Bower, "The Fever Manifests Itself," Cabin Fever, 1918

2020 is a unique leap year. There are 29 days in February, 300 days in March, and 5 years in April. ~Internet meme, April 2020

Use your brains, as we're all very good at doing in this community. I want everyone to soberly consider and take responsibility for your life decisions. ~Judge Clay Jenkins, Dallas County, Texas, March 2020

If you’re out and you walk past someone it’s ok to still smile. It’s exactly what we all need right now. ~Jason Campbell, M.D., @DrJCoftheDC, tweet, 2020 March 17th

Can we uninstall 2020 and re-install it? This version has a virus. ~Internet meme, March 2020

This amazing spirit of human solidarity must become even more infectious than the coronavirus itself. Although we may have to be physically apart from each other for a while, we can come together in ways we never have before. ~Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, @DrTedros, @who, March 2020

The world is currently riveted in fear of what is known as COVID-19, a new type of coronavirus that has put a lot of people at risk of getting ill or potentially dying. I understand that this situation can be frightening, and we should take all necessary precautions, following the WHO and CDC guidelines. We need to bring balance to the fear, because the fear can be more dangerous than the virus. In fact, fear-based stress and anxiety can and will weaken your immune system, the very thing that needs to be strong during a health crisis! ~Dr. Caroline Leaf,, podcast, 2020 March 14th

If you need 144 rolls of toilet paper for a 14-day quarantine you probably should've been seeing a doctor long before COVID-19. ~Internet meme, March 2020

Day 2 without sports:  Found a young lady sitting on my couch yesterday. Apparently she’s my wife. She seems nice. ~@IsoJoeJR, tweet, 2020 March 13th

I know that things are scary and hard. And I also know that during a crisis is usually when we remember the important stuff — when the rest falls away and we remember what matters is taking care of each other and ourselves. And we're going to do that. Together. ~Glennon Doyle, @glennondoyle, Instagram post, 2020 March 12th

The Poor went about their Employment, with a Sort of brutal Courage... ~H. F. (Daniel Defoe, 1660–1731), Memoirs of the Plague, 1722  [Great Plague of London, 1665—tg]

It’s very difficult when giving talks on #COVID-19 to the general public *why* we should be so concerned when cases number are in the hundreds *until* I hand out glitter... Then they get it. ~Jonathan Mayer, PhD, professor of epidemiology, @jmayer0716, tweet, 2020 March 9th

Take a breath, stay present, be kind. So many of our daily "doings" have been canceled, allowing us to simply be "beings." This call for solitude is no coincidence. Reevaluate your habits during this time. Focus on radiating kindness. Check on your loves. Let this be a teacher. ~Jordan Younger, @BalancedBlondie, tweet, 2020 March 13th

Been homeschooling a 6-year-old and 8-year-old for one hour and 11 minutes. Teachers deserve to make a billion dollars a year. Or a week. ~Shonda Rhimes, @shondarhimes, tweet, 2020 March 16th

Keep Calm and Panic  ~Internet meme, c. 2014

I'm a garbageman, I can't work from home and my job is an essential city service that must get done. It's a tough job, from getting up pre-dawn to the physical toll it takes on my body to the monotonous nature of the job, at times it's hard to keep on going. Right now though, right now I am feeling an extra sense of pride and purpose as I do my work. I see the people, my people, of my city, peeking out their windows at me. They're scared, we're scared. Scared but resilient. Us garbagemen are gonna keep collecting the garbage, doctors and nurses are gonna keep doctoring and nurse-ering. It's gonna be ok, we're gonna make it be ok. I love my city. I love my country. I love my planet Earth. Be good to each other and we'll get through this. ~Jester D, @JustMeTurtle, tweet, 2020 March 13th

A pandemic will lead to permanent social, economic, and cultural changes. The key is to create good from a bad situation. ~Wayne Gerard Trotman, Goodreads post, 2020 March 17th

So if the Corona Virus isn't about beer, why do I keep hearing about cases of it? ~Internet meme, March 2020

In an unsettling reversal of my teenage years, I am now yelling at my parents for going out. ~Brigid Delaney, @BrigidWD, tweet, 2020 March 15th

I feel like I'm 16 again — gas is cheap and I'm grounded. ~Internet meme, April 2020

It’s been 3 days, the children are now feral, and I have a beard that would make John Muir envious. ~Zachary Peterson, @znjp, tweet, 2020 March 18th

China sent medical masks to Italy and wrote on the boxes a quote of a Roman poem: “We are waves from the same sea.” Japan had donated supplies to China, and wrote on the boxes a quote of a Chinese poem: "We have different mountains and rivers, but we share the same sun, moon, and sky." ~Mohamad Safa, @mhdksafa, tweet, 2020 March 14th

All disaster movies start with the government ignoring a scientist. ~Protest sign, Brussels climate crisis demonstration, January 2019

The mayor from Jaws may have kept the beaches open but at least he let Chief Brody bring in a shark expert. ~Matt Oswalt, @MattOswaltVA, tweet, 2020 March 12th

You can’t fight a fire with a blindfold... We cannot stop this pandemic if we don’t know who is infected. ~Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, @DrTedros, @who, March 2020  #testing

When the emperor is wearing no clothes, you have to say loud and clear that the emperor is wearing no clothes. It is not enough to stand on the podium, behind the emperor, looking appalled. ~Robert Brault, @RobertBrault1, tweet, 2020 March 22nd

Just tested positive for claustrophobia. ~Internet meme, March 2020

      In around 2020 a severe pneumonia-like illness will spread throughout the globe, attacking the lungs and the bronchial tubes and resisting all known treatments. Almost more baffling than the illness itself will be the fact that it will suddenly vanish as quickly as it arrived, attack again ten years later, and then disappear completely...
      The year 2020 will mark the end of the U.S. presidency and the executive branch of the government. Let’s just say the American public will finally be fed up by then and leave it at that... The ‘party’ system of Democrats, Republicans, Independents, et al., will uncomplicate itself into Liberals and Conservatives...
      By 2020 we’ll see the end of IRAs, mutual funds, pension, and retirement plans, and yes, it’s true, the stock market...
      The environment will take its toll on our immune systems, there’s no doubt about it. It's karmic, really, the earth’s way of paying us back for all the abuse and neglect — still another reason we’ve got to start treasuring and nurturing this planet if we ever expect it to do the same for us again. There will be dramatic increases in fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, sterility and infertility, and countless, virtually untraceable allergies. It’s probably also a form of payback that we’ll be more vulnerable than ever to diseases carried by unhealthy animals, from currently unheard-of bird flus and variations of Lyme disease to a deadly relative of West Nile virus that will arrive via insects from South America.
      These illnesses and plagues will hit hard and very suddenly, much more quickly than scientists and researchers can keep up with them, let alone conquer them. ~Sylvia Browne, “The End of Days Through My Eyes,” End of Days: Predictions and Prophecies about the End of the World, 2008

The sudden and near-constant stream of news reports about #COVID19 can cause anyone to feel worried. Get the FACTS; not the rumors and misinformation. Facts can help to minimize fear.  #coronavirus  ~World Health Organization, @who, Instagram post, 2020 March 14th

      It was about the beginning of September 1664, that I, among the Rest of my Neighbours, heard in ordinary Discourse, that the Plague was return'd again in Holland. It was brought, some said from Italy, others from the Levant, or Turkey, Crete, Cyprus; it matter'd not from whence it came, but all agreed, it was come into Holland again. It seems that the Government had a true Account of it, and several Counsels were held about Ways to prevent its coming over to London; but all was kept very private. Hence it was, that this Rumour died off again, and People began to forget it till December, when two Frenchmen died of the Plague at the upper end of Drury Lane...
      The People show'd a great Concern at the Increase of the Bills of Mortality and Burials in successive Weeks, and all over the Town people were dying of the same Distemper, in the same manner. Terrible Apprehensions were among the People, yet they had still some Hopes: That which encourag'd them was that it was chiefly among the People at that End of the Town, and that it might go no farther. We continued in these Hopes for a few Days, but they found that the Plague was really spread every way, and that many died of it every Day: So that now all our Extenuations abated, and it was no more to be concealed, nay it quickly appeared that the Infection had spread itself beyond all Hopes of Abatement...
      The Weather set in hot, and from the first Week in June, the Infection spread in a dreadful Manner, and the Bills began to swell. All that could conceal their Distempers, did it to prevent their Neighbours shunning and refusing to converse with them; and also to prevent Authority shutting up their Houses, which though it was not yet practiced, yet was threatened, and People were extremely terrify'd at the Thoughts of it.
      The richer People were all hurrying away in Coaches. This was a very terrible and melancholy Thing to see, and as it was a Sight which I cou'd not but look on from Morning to Night; for indeed there was nothing else of Moment to be seen, it filled me with very serious Thoughts of the Misery that was coming upon the City, and the unhappy Condition of those that would be left in it. ~H. F. (Daniel Defoe, 1660–1731), Memoirs of the Plague, 1722  [a little altered —tg]

I am pleased that lying on the sofa being a slob is finally considered the responsible thing to do. ~Matt Haig, March 2020

Day 1:  I have stocked up on enough non-perishable food and supplies to last me for months, maybe years, so that I can remain in isolation for as long as it takes to see out this pandemic.
Day 1 + 45 minutes:  I am in the supermarket because I wanted a Twix.
~@Michael1979, tweet, 2020 March 12th

Am I the only one who ate my two weeks of quarantine snacks all on the first day? ~Internet meme, March 2020

On average a panda bear feeds about 12 hours per day. This is the same as a human adult at home under quarantine — which is why we call it a PANDEMIC. ~Internet meme, May 2020

I need to do some social distancing from the refrigerator. ~Internet meme, March 2020

Quarantine is going straight to my hips. ~Keith Wynn, @Darxist_Marxist, tweet, 2020 March 20th

I took a nap today just to stop eating. ~Internet meme, March 2020

How many calories are you guys burning per day? For me it’s 6. ~Jen Statsky, @jenstatsky, tweet, 2020 March 16th

For us fellow lovers of control, certainty is gone. Mourning its loss is appropriate (please don’t eat or drink or numb your way through it). The only thing we CAN do is settle in, allowing everything to crumble that was meant to crumble. I believe deep in my heart — rather, I know — our economy needs a reset, it’s 2020 and people around the globe should not be dying from hunger. We will emerge stronger and more authentic than ever before in life, business and economy… in the meantime, meditation during the storm is the best medicine. ~Maya Nahra, @mayaenahra, Instagram post, 2020 March 21st

Stay up in yo hizzle or you'll get the coronizzle. ~Internet meme à la Snoop Dogg, March 2020  #stayhome

A gathering of covidiots is known as a covfefe. ~Internet meme, April 2020

Debating where to go on holiday this year. I think maybe upstairs. ~Matt Haig, 2020 March 21st

What the heck are murder hornets? And how much toilet paper do I need to buy? ~Internet meme, May 2020

If you won't wear a mask, then don't hold your breath waiting for the virus to pass, although that might work, too. ~Robert Brault,, July 2020  #MaskUpAmerica

As we practice social distancing, let’s not distance ourselves from books. They will keep us company and connect us back to people, back to society. ~Ibram X. Kendi, @DrIbram, tweet, 2020 March 12th

You don't have to go to the party. Stay in with a book. Reading saves lives. ~Matt Haig, @mattzhaig, Instagram post, 2020 March 11th

Ynstead of 'social distauncinge' wherfor not 'Emily Dickinsoning'? ~Chaucer Doth Tweet, @LeVostreGC, 2020 March 11th

My advice to parents wanting to homeschool during the school shutdown — don't. It's going to be stressful. If things get worse you're going to be stressed, your kids are going to be stressed. Your kids might be scared of things they've heard or seen on TV.  Arguing with your kids to do work is not what anyone needs right now. Instead, cuddle up together and read, read, read. Take turns reading. Read them your favorite novel (yes, you can read novels to kindergarten-age kids). Do a puzzle. Build a fort. Bake. Watch TV together. Set up a tent in your living room and camp out. Look at photos of when you were a kid. In other words: Don't stress about them forgetting. Don't stress about homeschooling them. Just spend time together. Your kids won't learn much if they're feeling stressed. Though this is a scary time, it could very well be a time they remember as the best time in their life. ~Author unknown, March 2020

It seems ridiculous to me that people are so afraid that their children are going to miss a month of learning. How about using this month to teach them how to plant, cook, do taxes, basic first aid, handle stress, critical thinking, etc. Not all learning is done in a classroom. ~Mohamad Safa, @mhdksafa, tweet, 2020 March 16th

Homeschooling going well. Two students suspended for fighting, one teacher let go for drinking on the job. ~Internet meme, March 2020

It’s about putting people and families first. Everybody can have a complaint about this or that, but save it for another day. Right now, we have to find our common ground, work together to get this done as soon as possible because we have other needs. ~Nancy Pelosi, press conference, 2020 March 12th  [a little altered —tg]

Isaac Newton was a college student at Trinity College, Cambridge when the Great Plague of London hit. Away at his family estate and without professors to guide him, Newton apparently thrived. The year-plus he spent sheltering from the plague was later referred to as his annus mirabilis, the “year of wonders,” and allowed him to develop his theories on calculus, optics and the law of gravitation. ~Gillian Brockell, The Washington Post's history blog Retropolis,, 2020 March 14th

Just a reminder that when Shakespeare was quarantined because of the plague, he wrote King Lear. ~Roseanne Cash, @rosannecash, tweet, 2020 March 13th

I think the reason Shakespeare managed to write King Lear while a plague was going on is primarily because he didn’t have Twitter. ~Matt Haig, @matthaig1, tweet, 2020 March 15th

The “just remember, Shakespeare wrote King Lear during the plague” people know Shakespeare wrote pretty much everything during the plague right. Including the really boring parts of Titus Andronicus. ~Jennifer Tepper, @jenashtep, tweet, 2020 March 14th

Further reminder:  King Lear is about an unfit leader who loves to be flattered, makes a lot of bad choices… and then everybody dies. ~Ron Marz, @ronmarz, tweet, 2020 March 13th

If I see another tweet about how great things were accomplished by geniuses during quarantine, I will start unfollowing people. Those ‘great things’ were done on the back of others, mostly women, who took care of everyday life for them. ~Emilie Champagne, @EChampagnePhD, tweet, 2020 March 15th

...and where there is death in a thousand forms, we die of fear itself. ~Richard de Bury (1287–1345)

I used to cough to cover a fart, now I fart to cover a cough. ~Internet meme, March 2020

When this is over, please continue to stay at least six feet away from me. ~Internet meme, March 2020

We used to think the apocalypse would be anarchy and zombies. Turns out it's home offices and no toilet paper. ~Internet meme, March 2020

Trump will be forever known as the president who was so full of [$h¡t] the country ran out of toilet paper. ~Internet meme, March 2020

BREAKING: Due to massive incompetence and inexplicable delay, WHO to rename Covid-19 to Covfefe-45. ~George Takei, @GeorgeTakei, tweet, 2020 March 16th

@IngrahamAngle:  “Americans need to know date certain when this will end. The uncertainty for businesses, parents and kids is just not sustainable.”
@JoyceWhiteVance:  “January 20, 2021”
~Tweets, 2020 March 20th

Every Trump press conference comes off like the book report by the kid who never read past the cover. ~Kevin M. Kruse, @KevinMKruse, tweet, May 2016

How many years did you live this week? ~Eric Swalwell, U.S. Representative, @RepSwalwell, 2020 March 20th

After all the stupid things I've done in my life, hope I don't die just because I touched my face. ~Internet meme, March 2020

9-1-1, what is your emergency? Hello, there are eleven people hanging out together and one of them has the sniffles. ~Internet meme, March 2020

So, do I get this right American friends? You get health insurance through your job. But you can lose your job if your employer cuts costs due to Covid19. Which then means you’ve lost your insurance which would help you get treated for the health crisis you lost your job for… ~Stu Cameron, @stucam7771, tweet, 2020 March 21st

Kyndenesse, care, patience, helpinge each othir, bookes, cattes, dogges, and rocke and rolle. ~Chaucer Doth Tweet, @LeVostreGC, 2020 March 16th

      To the nurses, doctors, epidemiologists, social workers, orderlies, researchers, and all the others around the world rushing in to combat the coronavirus at risk to their own health, thank you. You are heroes and we are all indebted to your service and sacrifice.
      You know who are also heroes? Those working the checkout counters and stocking shelves at supermarkets and pharmacies. Their work, at some risk to their own health, is vital to the health and safety of our country. ~Dan Rather, @DanRather, tweets, 2020 February 28th and March 14th

In light of current events, I hereby would like to nominate grocery store workers across the world for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. ~Keith Wynn, @Darxist_Marxist, tweet, 2020 March 15th

#WhenThisIsAllOver we need to have a global party and establish a global holiday that praises healthcare workers and all the other workers (IT, medical scientists, truckers, delivery drivers, grocery store workers, garbage collectors, ag industries, etc.) who kept society running. ~Nick Janusch, @NickJanusch, tweet, 2020 March 21st

Coronacation 2020 begins. ~Internet meme, March 2020

The Earth just sent us all to our rooms to think about what we've done. ~Author unknown

I think there has never been a better time to stay in than in this century. We have Netflix and books and home delivery and Skype and social media. If we can stay in, we absolutely should. We can delay this thing. We can get it down. And we will make our sacrifice on sofas. ~Matt Haig, @matthaig1, tweet, 2020 March 13th

So there is no cure for a virus that can be killed by soap and sanitizer?! ~Internet meme, March 2020

Half of us are going to come out of this isolation as amazing cooks and the other half as drunkards. ~Internet meme, March 2020

I used to spin the toilet paper like I was on Wheel of Fortune. Now I turn it like I'm cracking a safe. ~Internet meme, March 2020

So after this is all over, do the producers of My 600 Pound Life find me or do I need to find them? ~Internet meme, March 2020

Remember wishing the weekend would last forever? Are you happy now?! ~Internet meme, March 2020

I am a homebody, but dang! — I did like going one or two places. ~Internet meme, March 2020

I'm so excited, it's time to take out the trash! What should I wear? ~Internet meme, March 2020

COVID-19 has literally gone viral. ~Internet meme, March 2020

I have been self-isolating for 20 years and finally I am on trend. ~Matt Haig, @mattzhaig, Instagram post, 2020 March 3rd

Social distancing. Or as those of us who are INFJs call it, Tuesday. ~Keith Wynn, @Darxist_Marxist, tweet, 2020 March 17th

Who knew the soundtrack to the apocalypse was going to be eternal hold music  ~Steven Kreamer, @stevenkreamer, tweet, March 2020

If this virus has taught us anything it is the ominousness and the lack of common sense people will go to when desperate. Next time you want to judge refugees, boat people fleeing war torn land, camp people, migrants fleeing starvation — remember you fought over toilet paper. ~Mohamad Safa, @mhdksafa, tweet, 2020 March 16th

Imagine if the media reported on the climate crisis like it does on the coronavirus. ~Mohamad Safa, @mhdksafa, tweet, 2020 March 5th

If you’re upset about the people hoarding all the hand sanitizer wait until you hear about the small group of people hoarding 99% of the wealth. ~Mohamad Safa, @mhdksafa, tweet, 2020 March 16th

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