So what are all the parents and cool young people out there thinking vis-à-vis Halloween – specifically, the trick-or-treating that my kids are dead-set on doing, ongoing public-health catastrophes notwithstanding?

Our town has provided exactly zero guidance, which has left its cerebral elders struggling to devise responsible courses of action. Some believe that Halloween can proceed as it always does, so long as masking and distancing protocols are followed. Others feel that being out and about in the community, mixing with people who might have heightened sensitivities around unwanted interpersonal contact, is in itself a selfish act.

I don’t have any good answers, so I’m going to listen to the CDC and pray for rain. Passive-aggressive behavior, don’t fail me now.

This week’s Haymarket Media Coronavirus Briefing is 1,135 words and will take you six minutes to read. 


The new wave

I have pandemic fatigue. You have pandemic fatigue. Here’s hoping our coping skills are up to the extended challenge likely to be posed by the inevitable continued surge in infection.

The takeaway

I liked new wave better when it involved big drums and gravity-defying hair.


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The trials and tribulations

I got tested the other day in advance of some imminent age-related maintenance and it felt like the smallest of intrusions, and that was with a swab jammed a yard deep into my brain. Maybe we take another shot at ramping up this regular-testing thing?

The takeaway

Please add the following to the list of “things that are not easy”: vaccine development, medical logistics, encouraging responsible behavior.


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The campaigns

We’ve got marketing, we’ve got elections and we’ve got plenty of pursuits that seem to straddle the two. Hey, at least there’s rarely a dull moment.

The takeaway

It’s the season of the hard sell.


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The back and forth

Over the last few weeks it seems that, for every small victory in the war against COVID, there have been two larger defeats. I know we’re a culture that likes to shout “winning!” whenever we feel challenged, but we’re not fooling anyone nowadays.

The takeaway

Sometimes it seems that life has become an endless game of Whack-a-Mole. Stay strong, y’all.


The rest


Stuff you can do

Support independent live music venues.

Firm up your plans to vote.


…and some songs.

Thanks for reading another edition of the Haymarket Media Coronavirus Briefing. We’ll be back next Wednesday, the one after that and, based on the way things are trending, every one after that until Memorial Day 2023. Time is a flat circle.