Connections to Covid-19
“Because we are all connected” - carried away on the crest of a wave, p 115.
What you see above is a simulation created by the Washington Post, demonstrating the transmission of COVID-19 without social distancing measures in place.
The pandemic has made us painfully aware of just how connected we are. For almost a year now we’ve been told to cease these connections; to “limit contact”, “isolate”, and “quarantine” to help reduce the spread of the virus. While social distancing has kept millions healthy and safe, the result is that the limited contact has left many feeling lonely, anxious, and depressed. While connection seems to be an integral part of our well-being, it seems that it’s not just any type of connection. Researchers found that “longer media exposure was associated with higher odds of anxiety and depression."
In David Yee’s carried away on the crest of a wave, we are taken through various stories of the effects of the traumatic 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Characters grapple with grief, trauma, loss, and displacement, all searching for a restored sense of hope. In humanity’s lowest moments, what can restore that hope?
So what is this thing? This sense of human connection which heals, brightens, softens, and uplifts?
When a friend drops off some of their pandemic banana bread on your porch, a kleenex from a stranger to dry your tears, a smile, a hug, a laugh, an understanding…
Graciano, Frederico. “COVID-19: 1 in 3 Adults Anxious, Depressed.” EurekAlert!, 28 Jan. 2021,
Stevens, Harry. “These Simulations Show How to Flatten the Coronavirus Growth Curve.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 14 Mar. 2020,
“Maps | San Francisco International Airport.” flysfo, https://www.flysfo.com/maps/static-maps