Pandemic Journal: Nellie Hermann

Nellie Hermann has been asked to participate in the New York Review of Books's "Pandemic Journal" series documenting the COVID-19 outbreak with regular updates from around the world.

“WELLFLEET, MASSACHUSETTS—My mother is eighty-one. For the past three years, since her memory loss became severe enough that it no longer seemed safe for her to live alone, she has lived in an assisted living facility in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ‘It’s a beautiful day outside my window,’ she says to me over the phone when I tell her again about the virus, and why my brother and I can’t come to visit her. ‘You would have no idea there’s anything out there you could catch.’”

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