Our Favorite Stories About Needing to Blow Off Some Steam
In this week’s digest of stories from the Medium universe, we’re embracing our pandemic-induced anger
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This week, we’re not going to sugarcoat what’s happening here. Cases of the coronavirus are climbing. Hospitals are about to be overwhelmed — if they’re not already. Millions of Americans are out of work and businesses are drowning. It’s like we’re all collectively trapped in different versions of the same nightmare, and we’re doing our best to not lose our shit. If it feels like you’re screaming into the void, don’t worry, you’re not alone.
- As Congress hashes out a $2 trillion rescue plan, here’s another modest proposal to consider: It’s time to eat the rich. “We can’t survive like this any longer. We can’t return to their normal.” (Justin Sims)
- But where does big business fit in all this? “This pandemic’s economic impact on the hotel industry is worse than all of the previous calamities combined,” Monty Bennett writes.“My industry and our businesses are completely crushed.”
- There are plenty of idiots in every generation, many of whom think they’re exempt from basic human decency and don’t need to shelter-in-place. But this epidemiologist has a special callout to her fellow millennials: For the love of God, just stay at home. (Lindsey Butler)
- This 30-year-old’s Kafkaesque journey to simply get tested for the coronavirus is an alarm bell for all. After two weeks of calls, multiple telehealth appointments, one failed at-home testing attempt and another where her results were “lost,” not to mention the trips to urgent care and the ER, where her chest X-rays showed signs of pneumonia, Carolyn Cakir still doesn’t know whether she officially has Covid-19.
A pissed off physician puts things into perspective
An anonymous physician doesn’t mince words about the bleak realities of what health care workers are seeing on the…