Coronavirus sampler

The front pages of N.C. newspapers are filled with coronavirus stories, as they should be. Rather than showing you the pages – I’m already bored with that, and you can see them yourself here – I’ll point out a few interesting stories.

Greensboro: One of the best writers in the state, Mike Kernels, reflects on the virus: “Greensboro these days is a ghost town, a veritable Dodge City where residents have retreated to the relative security and disease-free environments of their homes. So, here we are. Each of us living in a jail of our own making, one without bars or guards or walls, but a jail nonetheless as we do time on the honor system and wait for all this to pass.”

Hickory: A sweet story about a couple who had to cancel their wedding, and were able to cancel all the vendors except flowers. So they donated them to the local hospice. “Johnson said the biggest takeaway from all of this for her was, ‘it doesn’t take much to brighten someone’s day, even in quarantine. We’re all scared and nervous, but it’s worth taking a few minutes to reach out to loved ones who need to talk or to write a card to someone who can’t have visitors.’”

Burlington: Here’s the lead of a story you don’t want to read: “The COVID-19 pandemic will peak in April, decline dramatically and be virtually gone by mid-July, but not before it’s killed tens of thousands of Americans, including thousands in North Carolina, say projections by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.”