Covid-19, A Year Later

Nearly a year ago, I was sitting at the cramped nurse’s station in the operating room where I work, hearing about the first community transmission of Covid-19 in California. “It’s here,” a surgeon reported to me. “We’ve got it.”

We all knew what “it” was but had no idea what it meant to have it in our midst. This was the end of February. A few weeks earlier, I’d read about the Diamond Princess cruise ship whose passengers had been confirmed to have Covid-19. The ship remained quarantined at first, then, ten days later, all of its passengers were allowed to disembark. At the time, I raged at my friends…