How social networks can do good while we’re all trapped indoors

A sign says that the pizzeria ‘La Fermata’ is closed due to the coronavirus emergency. The Italian government shutted down majority of stores to halt the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

A sign says that the pizzeria ‘La Fermata’ is closed due to the coronavirus emergency. The Italian government shutted down majority of stores to halt the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. | Photo by Nicolò Campo/LightRocket via Getty Images

If Wednesday was the day where the full magnitude of the COVID-19 crisis became clear to many Americans, Thursday was the day that the country seemed to enter shock. By now, a significant portion of the Silicon Valley workforce is working, or pretending to, from home, giving everyone near-unlimited time to refresh Twitter, Instagram, and other feeds for the very latest in what threatens to be a catastrophic few months.

The good news, if you squint, is that the country is finally implementing the social distancing measures that have been effective (to varying degrees) in China, South Korea, and Taiwan. The NHL suspended the season, Major League Baseball called off spring training, and Disneyland closed for the month. Schools everywhere…

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