And the people stayed home. And they baked bread and they watched Netflix and they drank wine. And they waited as they were told to do. Some prayed, some battled depression and anxiety; some worried; some were in pain. Some wrestled with sleepless nights. And they watched their bank accounts dwindle; and the bills pile up and medical procedures delayed. And they stayed home longer. And they worried for their families and their neighbors and their businesses and their livelihoods. And they stayed home longer, and the longer they stayed, the more they realized that the danger was still all around them; that it wasn’t going to pass and they were staying home not to rid the world of danger, for that would be impossible. And they looked at numbers and data and the world around them. And the people woke up. And they put in place safety measures that allowed as many as wanted to leave their homes and enter the world and provide for their families and for their mental state the ability to do so, for they knew that living behind closed doors wasn’t really living at all.