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Adichie, who is based in the United States with her family, said she is worried for her husband who is a medical doctor and has to leave home every day to tend to patients.
In a post on her Instagram page, the author of Half of A Yellow Sun said she is always careful about her news sources and always endeavours to fill her mind with educative content.
“…Coronavirus is a menace in the air, a menace inside our heads. Every day I am reminded of how fragile, how breakable we are.
“My husband is a doctor and each morning when he leaves for work, I worry. My daughter coughs and I worry. My throat itches and I worry.
“On Facetime, I watch my elderly parents. I admonish them gently: Don’t let people come to the house. Don’t read the rubbish news on WhatsApp.
“In these pandemic-blighted times, living with a medical professional who so far has diagnosed two positive cases, in an American state being told to brace itself for an onslaught of more cases, my goal is to feel anxiety but not allow it fester into paranoia.
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“And what helps me is knowledge. The news can be emotionally exhausting and can inflame anxiety, but it is important for me to educate myself. I am always careful about my news sources.
“And I make an effort not to read only about the coronavirus. I have just started reading ‘Selected Poems’ by Kenneth Fearing and a wonderfully honest memoir, ‘Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning’ by Cathy Park Hong.
“I am listening to the great Bill Withers, may he rest in peace. I wish you all strength and as many moments of tranquility as possible.”
As of today, the world has over 2,256,844 confirmed cases, 571,851 recovered, and 154,350 deaths. 712,184 confirmed coronavirus cases, above 32,000 deaths, and 59,532 recoveries have been recorded in the US where Adichie resides. While Nigeria has 493 deaths, 159 recoveries, and 17 deaths.
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