Coronavirus: Day 20

This, from the Chronicle of Higher Education, resonated with me:

No matter what your family unit looks like, you will need a team in the weeks and months ahead. The best way to build a team is to be a good teammate, so take some initiative to ensure that you are not alone. If you do not put this psychological infrastructure in place, the challenge of necessary physical-distancing measures will be crushing. Build a sustainable and safe social system now.

In a lot of ways, literal and otherwise, this is a survival situation. And like Survivorman says, the first thing you need to do is build a fireā€”not necessarily to stay warm, but to feel safe. Something about a fire makes the deep-down of your brain relax. These first couple of coronavirus weeks have definitely been about building a fire (aka psychological infrastructure) and getting prepared to make it through the next several months.