Coronavirus is measured on the planetary scale, but felt at the human one. The losses that make the news are massive: thousands of lives, trillions of dollars. The losses that make this pandemic real to us are much smaller, and sharper, than that: one job eliminated, one celebration canceled, one sunny spring afternoon spent indoors, one irreplaceable person. Coronavirus Lost and Found is an archive of those losses, a place for them to be personally grieved and publicly acknowledged. Some losses are more costly or consequential than others, but this archive is based on the premise that they all matter.

Coronavirus is measured on the planetary scale, but felt at the human one. The losses that make the news are massive: thousands of lives, trillions of dollars. The losses that make this pandemic real to us are much smaller, and sharper, than that: one job eliminated, one celebration canceled, one sunny spring afternoon spent indoors, one irreplaceable person. Coronavirus Lost and Found is an archive of those losses, a place for them to be personally grieved and publicly acknowledged. Some losses are more costly or consequential than others, but this archive is based on the premise that they all matter.

Unexpected pleasures coexist with all this sadness, though they don’t diminish it. We find surprising things while we’re compelled to stay at home or keep our distance. Global and national initiatives can help blunt the impact of this crisis, but individual practices sustain us through it. We figure stuff out, stay in touch, get creative, keep kids entertained, appreciate our partners in new ways, daydream about all we’ll do on the other side of this. Coronavirus Lost and Found is also an archive of those feats of kindness, care, and ingenuity that make life in a pandemic a little more tolerable.

Unexpected pleasures coexist with all this sadness, though they don’t diminish it. We find surprising things while we’re compelled to stay at home or keep our distance. Global and national initiatives can help blunt the impact of this crisis, but individual practices sustain us through it. We figure stuff out, stay in touch, get creative, keep kids entertained, appreciate our partners in new ways, daydream about all we’ll do on the other side of this. Coronavirus Lost and Found is also an archive of those feats of kindness, care, and ingenuity that make life in a pandemic a little more tolerable.

You might have a bit more free time these days; see what others have lost and found. And you’ve probably got a coronavirus story of losing or finding; please contribute it to the archive.

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