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The Coronavirus Collaborative Diary

by Claire S. Cabot

It’s safe to say that, without a doubt, the Covid-19 pandemic has changed the course of humanity forever. In 2019, the virus, which originated in Wuhan, China, spread worldwide, endangering people of all backgrounds.

 

As the world’s governments work together to help contain the virus through various means, many people have coped with the virus’ impact in many ways. From baking bread, sharing recipes, and even working on a collaborative diary. “The Coronavirus Collaborative” is an example of the latter.

Compiled by seasoned author Claire S. Cabot with the help of friends and family, they showcase what it means to survive through an impending pandemic. From sharing recipes, creating poems, and providing journal entries, each collaborator comes from different parts of the world, displaying their talents and cultural and social experiences. Despite the differences between culture, government mandates, and the like—this collaborative project incorporates one unifying message: We are not alone.

The book signifies an underlying theme of what human tenacity is capable of. While the virus has been ongoing, human innovation is not limited. One year later, several companies have already created vaccines that will hinder the virus’ effects. The shared diary also highlights the ever-amusing timeline of the modern-day quarantine life. While pandemic fatigue certainly grips us all, the message of hope and using our creativity to survive is what makes all of us so universally human. From finding humor to celebrating families long after they have passed—there is no doubt that the great pandemic will impact our psyche for a long time.

In summary, this is a great and inspiring read. I urge anyone living through pandemic fatigue to read this creative collaboration. While it has taken us years to recover from the pandemic’s effects, the book demonstrates a key example of how we can share our experiences for future generations to come.

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