An empty gas tank + more pandemic analogiesSafety precautions like a national marshmallow test. The spread of COVID-19 like glitter. Fighting the virus like a game of whack-a-mole. I first shared these and other pandemic analogies at the end of 2020, thinking it would be a one-time thing.

Remember thinking it would all be over in a couple of weeks, maybe months? Sadly, we were wrong.

More than two years on, we’re still looking for explanations for complicated, pandemic-related news. Thankfully, scientists, doctors, writers and others are delivering.

The latest issue of my newsletter has another roundup of expressive writing related to the pandemic. One writer likens wearing a mask to wearing a seatbelt; one looks at tracking COVID-19 through wastewater like a smoke alarm; and one warns about running a hospital like a car with an empty gas tank.

These and more in May Wordnerdery. Which one is your fave?

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