Chronicling the Days – Linda Morra

In April 2020, we invited writers in Quebec to submit a story of a single day during the strange, uneasy time of coronavirus and pandemic, of social distancing and self isolation, of lockdown and quarantine.

We’re thrilled to announce that these stories have been gathered in Chronicling the Days: Dispatches from a Pandemic (Guernica Press). To learn more and buy the book, please visit

Please also join us on the QWF FB Community page, and let the authors know if their words resonated.

This piece is by Dr Linda Morra, writing in April, 2020.


There is hand gel at the door—a concrete reminder to use it every single time we return. Several face masks have been stashed inside the hallway closet, ones we collected from an earlier hospital visit just in case one of us became ill. And no one—absolutely no one—thinks of dropping by on a whim, even for a quick visit.

To read the rest of the story, please support our community and check out Chronicling the Days: Dispatches from a Pandemic

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