Jennifer O'Connell: Sole weapon to beat coronavirus is our safe togetherness

If we don’t take drastic social distancing actions, no one will be safe – young or old

Social distancing needs to be in force for at least two-thirds of the time until a vaccine becomes available. That’s 18 months away. Photograph: Marco Cantile/LightRocket

Social distancing needs to be in force for at least two-thirds of the time until a vaccine becomes available. That’s 18 months away. Photograph: Marco Cantile/LightRocket

We’ve spent much of the past decade creating a world in which it was possible to retreat into total isolation behind a screen. Now that world is here, we’ve had enough.

Some people have been relieving the tedium and the terror by making stuff up: memes, spurious advice, dire warnings about armies mobilising. Of all the odious things dreamed up by the online hordes in recent days, the worst is the hashtag #boomerremover.

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