We know the word CORONA is Latin for
Crown. I've been using it a lot recently,
since Coronavirus hit the headlines, early in 2020. Have just produced 4 webpages
that feature it prominently. Here they are in order of creation:
now to crown it all
Is this my crowning glory?
My crowning achievement?
Here is Corona-Central, a hub,
which brings all 4 pages together, for easy reference. A convenient go-to for
all things Covid-19 related by Yours Truly
Digital Graffiti Artist
vivid covid prose & virus verse?
Dr June Almeida,
a pioneer of virus imaging, first identified the human
coronavirus in 1964 at her laboratory in St Thomas's Hospital in
Depicted thus, beautiful to
like a colourful
except there's nothing abstract or
about the painful death
victims might suff
It's not the first or even (yet) the worst pandemic. The 1918
influenza (H1N1 virus) infected about one-third of the world's
population at the time & caused an estimated 50 million deaths.
Before that, you've heard of the Bubonic Plague? Black Death? Great
Plague? Mutatis mutandis, same difference with what we are
witnessing now, ours with somewhat less severity.
Daniel Defoe in a
Journal of the Plague Year (about the Great Plague in 1665) made
some apposite observations. Then as now, carriers may be
asymptomatic during the incubation period:
was propagated insensibly, and by such persons as were not visibly
infected, who neither knew whom they infected or who they were
As for the danger
of shopping (& I don't mean merely over-spending!), plus
ça change it seems:
“And here I
must observe again, that this necessity of going out of our houses
to buy provisions was in a great measure the ruin of the whole city;
for the people catched the distemper, on these occasions, one of
Wet market in
Wuhan? Highly probable. Some unknown biological warfare laboratory?
Rather unlikely. Whichever, one might concur with Defoe about its
provenance: “It mattered not from whence it came;”
December 2020 update: the Virus is MUTATING
& there is now a variant version that transmits more easily...
January 2021, 3rd national
lockdown begins in U.K.
Talking of Crowns,
as I did above, although my surname is King, I am no
royalist. I'd prefer to wear a Jester's "crown." King or Clown, human heads
become skulls soon enough.
“It comes to this:
like all of us who have not yet died of plague he fully realizes
that his freedom and his life may be snatched from him at any
moment.” Albert Camus, La Peste.
(Oops, I guess this 5th page makes it a
PENTALOGY. Punchy rather than paunchy I hope!)
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