Coronavirus Brings Back Scarlet Fever Memories

I contracted scarlet fever as a young girl. I remember the red quarantine sign tacked outside our front door stating we were confined to our home and no one was to be admitted. Now I live in California. Before locking down the whole state, Gov. Gavin Newsom asked seniors to “isolate themselves” from others. In my usual age-denying state, I still think of that cohort as meaning my parents or grandparents. I was shocked to realize Mr. Newsom’s quarantine refers to my peers and me. So the task was to stock up on household supplies and hold the fort until this situation eases.

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