Viruses are very strange – they are not usually classified as a life form – like archaea, eukaryotes, and bacteria. They are usually just some bit of stuff waiting around to attack and kill (eat? – not really, just use the life juices from) bacteria. Viruses are invaders; usually of no matter to us at all. As a matter of fact Carl Zimmer, the renowned virus guy and author, says we have about 14 billion of them on each of our hands – hopefully eating bacteria that we want to have eaten. But when they invade our cells and use the cell juices of our own complex cells to power their reproduction it sometimes happens so quickly that we cannot develop the antibodies needed to kill the viruses – and for a while (at least) the viruses win. In most illnesses the after effect of having a virus is that your body now has knowledgable bits that will recognize and defeat the virus if it appears again. This corona virus we are experiencing is new and we have no defenses yet; either manmade or from a vaccine. So here we sit, waiting, hoping, and trying to stay busy and out of sight.
Staying in the car and staying rather remote I went out today for an hour or so. We have been pretty dreary the last few days so the afternoon sunshine was enticing. There were people sitting at oceanside parking lots watching the sea, people flying kites from the beach, and a few souls already preparing their garden plots at the community gardens. I was able to get a few images. There isn’t anything special about these pictures but maybe they will bring a bit of Cape Cod sunshine into your day.