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Top US health officials to testify in Senate on coronavirus, economic reopening

Top US health officials to testify in Senate on coronavirus, economic reopening

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The top infectious disease official in the United States, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, is set to testify on Tuesday before the US Senate and is expected to warn against the risks of reopening the economy too soon.

Fauci suggested that states that forge ahead without meeting administration guidelines for declining coronavirus cases first will risk lives and economic recovery, the New York Times reported.

“If we skip over the checkpoints … we risk the danger of multiple outbreaks throughout the country,” Fauci said. “This will not only result in needless suffering and death, but would actually set us back on our quest to return to normal.”

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield, Assistant Secretary of Health Brett Giroir and Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn are also scheduled to testify before the panel.

Related: India begins to ease restrictions on areas with no new coronavirus cases

Each of the witnesses will testify remotely at Tuesday’s hearing, according to a committee aide. The virus is shaking the nation’s capital, with two known cases of infection emerging inside the White House and leading top U.S. health officials to isolate themselves as a precaution.

Fauci, Redfield and Hahn have been taking self-quarantine steps after announcements they had come into contact with someone who tested positive for the virus, which causes the highly contagious respiratory disease COVID-19.

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander is also self-quarantining in his home state of Tennessee for 14 days after a member of his staff tested positive. He will chair the hearing virtually, his office said on Sunday.

The shuttering of businesses to combat the spread of the coronavirus has led to mass layoffs of workers, sparking the greatest economic disruption to the United States since the Great Depression nearly a century ago.

President Donald Trump, who previously made the strength of the economy central to his pitch for his November re-election bid, has encouraged states to reopen businesses that had been deemed non-essential amid the pandemic.

So far, his administration has largely left it to states to decide whether and how to reopen. State governors are taking varying approaches, with a growing number relaxing tough restrictions enacted to slow the outbreak, even as opinion polls show most Americans are concerned about reopening too fast.

Worker safety

Trump and his task force coordinating Washington’s response to the coronavirus have faced questions on how US workers will be kept safe during reopening, especially after two staffers working within the White House tested positive for the virus.

One of the staffers is Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, Katie Miller, the wife of senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller. The other is a valet to the president.

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So far, the coronavirus has killed more than 80,000 people in the United States, the highest death toll of any country. Some experts say testing for the virus in most parts of the country continues to fall short of what would be needed to safely reopen.

Senate Democrats, including Patty Murray, her party’s senior member on the Senate health committee, called on Trump to allocate $25 billion in funding to ramp up testing.

Fauci’s appearance at the Republican-controlled Senate committee comes after the White House blocked the 79-year-old infectious disease expert from testifying to a Democratic-controlled House of Representatives panel, calling it “counterproductive.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to unveil a sweeping coronavirus-response bill, possibly this week, that would likely provide more funding for testing, new state and local government aid and another round of direct payments to people to help them meet their daily living costs.

Congress has already passed trillions of dollars in emergency relief. Senate Republicans, some of whom have expressed doubts about the need for more federal aid, are scheduled to meet with Trump at the White House later on Tuesday.

By Makini Brice and Richard Cowan/Reuters

India begins to ease restrictions on areas with no new coronavirus cases 

India begins to ease restrictions on areas with no new coronavirus cases 

The government is taking a phased approach to the lockdown, easing restrictions only on areas that haven’t seen infections for a month. That’s despite the fact that India recently saw a spike in cases of the coronavirus, and projections show they still have not peaked.

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Stranded residents of Ladakh, a union territory in India, wait in a stadium for being thermal screened before taking buses back to Ladakh, after few restrictions were lifted by Delhi government during an extended nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Delhi, India, May 11, 2020.

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When India’s lockdown began six weeks ago, millions of migrant workers lost construction and factory jobs in big cities.

Many tried to walk back to their villages when public transportation shut down, but police sealed the borders. Last week, 16 migrants who were sleeping on train tracks were run over.

“It’s difficult to find something to eat or a place to sleep anywhere,” one of the stranded workers, Mohamad Jalal, said in Hindi in a BBC interview. “They tell us to stay in one place. But can we stay hungry?”

As the crisis grew, some in Mumbai took action, including advertising consultant Mazher Ramzanali, whose group of about 50 volunteers partnered with high-end restaurants to deliver simple vegetarian meals to 80,000 people every day.

Related: Women leaders eschew ‘macho-man’ politics in COVID-19 response 

“If somebody told me — and I was not involved — I would not believe it was possible to do it — just citizens coming together and figuring it out. … And it was amazing. I feel so gratified.”

Citizens came together to help India’s 1.3 billion people during the lockdown, said Vijay Chauthaiwale, who directs the Foreign Affairs Department of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. There was unprecedented cooperation between India’s federal government and its states, he said, and political parties put aside their divisions.

“In this hour of crisis, all these political parties have shown enormous consensus.”

Vijay Chauthaiwale, Bharatiya Janata Party

“In this hour of crisis, all these political parties have shown enormous consensus,” Chauthaiwale said.

That consensus among politicians has had an impact, he said — it helped keep India’s number of cases of the coronavirus low at under 70,000. Skeptics believe that number is low because there hasn’t been enough testing, but Chauthaiwale dismisses those concerns.

“India is doing adequate testing, and it is comparable to other countries like South Korea or Germany where the disease has been managed very well,” he said.

Now, with India’s unemployment at a record high of 27%, the country is gradually lifting its lockdown. The government is arranging special trains to take migrants to their home villages. Officials are also in the early stages of bringing back 200,000 Indian citizens who were stranded abroad when the country locked down.

Related: With test kits so scarce, doctors in Yemen are flying blind

“This will be the most complex and the biggest rescue operation in the world any country has ever taken,” Chauthaiwale said.

The government is taking a phased approach to the lockdown, easing restrictions only on areas that haven’t seen infections for a month. That’s despite the fact that India recently saw a spike in cases of the coronavirus, and projections show they still have not peaked. State hospitals are already overwhelmed and don’t have enough ventilators.

At the same time, critics say religious tensions that were rising before the pandemic have continued, with the help of the country’s largest newspapers and television networks.

“The mainstream media are continuously spreading fake [news] against Muslims,” said Sanjar Alam, an engineer and activist in Delhi. He said the media have blamed Muslims for the spread of the virus.

“This Islamophobic propaganda by media and some political leaders has serious consequences on the ground, they are the main reason, the main cause of Hindu-Muslim violence in India.”

Sanjar Alam, engineer and activist, Delhi

“This Islamophobic propaganda by media and some political leaders has serious consequences on the ground, they are the main reason, the main cause of Hindu-Muslim violence in India.”

Before the coronavirus hit, violence against Muslims was rising in India. Alam worries that attacks on Muslims will go up again once the lockdown is lifted. And he said India’s Hindu nationalist government may let it happen, as they have before. Yet, Alam feels he has to be optimistic.

Related: Researchers in Senegal are developing a coronavirus test kit to be used across Africa

“We are going through a tough time, but we have hopes here,” he said.

He said it’s a relatively small group of people who are responsible for the increase in religious tension. As the lockdown is lifted, Alam believes most Indians want their country to return to being a place where people of all faiths can prosper.

Iranian sailors dead after ‘friendly fire’ incident; India, UK ease restrictions, but Brazil struggles as hot spot

Iranian sailors dead after 'friendly fire' incident; India, UK ease restrictions, but Brazil struggles as hot spot

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A warship sails in the Sea of Oman during the first day of joint Iran, Russia and China naval war games in Chabahar port, at the Sea of Oman, Iran, 2019.

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In a “friendly fire” incident, an Iranian missile struck its own support vessel during a training exercise in the Gulf of Oman, reportedly killing at least 19 sailors and wounding 15 others, state media said. The report underscores the severity of the incident, and raises questions about professionalism in the Iranian army.

Iran is also pursuing unconditional talks on prisoner swaps with the United States, saying that it fears Iranian inmates held in the US are at risk for contracting the coronavirus. But a US official says an offer has not yet been put on the table. 

And: This Afghan general fought the Taliban for years. Now he has joined them.

Alleged Iranian drownings of Afghan migrants spark tensions

Earlier this month, a group of about 50 Afghan men and boys, some as young as 11, reportedly entered Iran via a border crossing in northwest Afghanistan. Not long into their journey, survivors say, they were stopped by Iranian border guards who beat them and threw them into a nearby river. Now, 45 are dead, and their families want answers. 

India, UK ease restrictions, but Brazil struggles as hot spot

India is set to gradually restart rail service, planning to operate several hundred special trains for migrant workers — many of whom have been walking hundreds of miles to get to their hometowns, some dying of exhaustion on the way. Several thousand train coaches will also be used as mobile coronavirus wards. 

In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s directive to return to work was met with confusion. But in Scotland, the “stay at home” message remains. 

And while much of the world looks to start opening up, Brazil is becoming a hot spot that can’t seem to shut down. President Jair Bolsonaro has scoffed at the pandemic, exacerbating already deep divisions in society.  

And: South Korea struggles to contain new outbreak amid anti-gay backlash

Also: Supreme Court asks MHA to look into restoration of 4G internet in Kashmir, says need balance of security and rights

Russia sends student to COVID-19 wards, ‘war crimes’ documented in Syria

As Russia struggles to deal with the coronavirus in its antiquated health care system, medical students are being sent to COVID-19 wards to complete requisite training. “This is not volunteering by choice. Coronavirus is dangerous, and they should give people a choice,” said one fourth-year student. 

And, actions taken by the Russia-backed Syrian government in the Syrian civil war amount to war crimes, according to Amnesty International. The human rights organization documents at least 18 attacks on civilian infrastructure, including hospitals.  

From The World: Coronavirus postponed Russia’s Victory Day. That could be a problem for Putin.

And: Fiona Hill: Putin has become ‘wild card’ for Russia’s political system

Cyberattacks focus on stealing coronavirus-related information

US security officials are preparing to issue a warning that China is working to steal American research to combat the novel coronavirus. A surge of cyberattacks have been reported around the world, as states redirect hackers to home in on virus-related information

And, the US will impose new visa restrictions on journalists from China, as tensions over media continue to mount between the two countries. 

And: As coronavirus spreads in Egypt, Sissi sees opportunity to tighten his grip

Also: Vital Kamerhe, top aide to DRC president, on trial for corruption

Catholic Twitter debates Trump’s handling of coronavirus pandemic

US President Donald Trump wants the Catholic vote. On a conference call with several hundred Catholic educators and many prominent bishops, Trump reportedly described himself as the “best [president] in the history of the Catholic Church.”

In reality, there’s a growing rift within the church on support for the president. A number of prominent Catholics are criticizing Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic — and many have been vocal on Twitter.

And: Trump is culpable in deaths of Americans, says Noam Chomsky

Coronavirus pandemic wilts global flower industry

Mother’s Day is a big day for moms — and a huge business day for the flower industry. But this year, with florists closed and countless special events canceled worldwide, things were a little different.

The coronavirus pandemic is taking a heavy toll on the $8.5 billion global industry in cut flowers. It’s affected businesses and people at every stage of the global supply chain, from lily fields in Colombia to tulip auctions in the Netherlands.

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— Dezeen (@dezeen) May 8, 2020In case you missed itListen: Brazil emerging as a new epicenter of the coronavirus

Workers, wearing protective clothing, carry the coffin of Vandir da Costa, from his house amid the coronavirus outbreak, in Manaus, Brazil May 7, 2020.

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Brazil has become one of the global epicenters of the coronavirus pandemic, recently surpassing China in the number of reported cases. And, black men and women are nearly twice as likely to die with coronavirus as white people in England and Wales, according to UK government officials. Also, the Puerto Rican indie pop duo Buscabulla have released their debut album “Regresa.”

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Lebanon protests called out corruption. Now it’s about survival. 

Lebanon protests called out corruption. Now it’s about survival. 

Lebanese protesters are back in the streets with increasing desperation as the country sinks. 

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In the narrow streets of Beirut’s Bourj al-Hammoud neighborhood, Baruyr Solakian sits outside a small shop. On a small portable radio, he listens to the local news — and it’s not good.

“No one is working and there is no money, no food. … Many families go to sleep without eating.”

Baruyr Solakian, Beirut, Lebanon

“No one is working and there is no money, no food,” said Solakian. “Many families go to sleep without eating.”

Neighborhoods like this one have been hit the hardest in Lebanon’s crisis. Like many in the country, Solakian was just scraping by. His work as a security guard earned him enough money to pay rent and feed his family of five. 

Baruyr Solakian sits outside a shop in Beirut’s Bourj al-Hammoud neighborhood. 

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As the financial crisis hit in the fall —sparking the first wave of protests — things got harder, but he managed. 

Now, Lebanon’s currency is in freefall. That means inflation is rising so quickly that the prices of some goods change overnight. The Lebanese currency was pegged to the US dollar at 1,500 lira for decades, but earlier this year it doubled to 3,000 on the black market. 

Related: Hezbollah’s latest front line? The fight against coronavirus.

Then came the novel coronavirus pandemic. In March, experts warned that an outbreak in Lebanon would be a disaster. The country locked down fast and the infection curve flatted quickly — but inflation did not. 

“I bought milk for 5,000 lira. After one week I bought it for 10,000,” Solakian said. Prices are going up but salaries for most Lebanese are not. 

“If they didn’t shut down there would be much more illness, that is for sure,” said Solakian. “But the people are poor.” 

Late last month, just as the country announced it would be easing the lockdown, the Lebanese lira jumped to over 4,000 lira to the US dollar, and the prices of food and other goods also jumped. Those who were just scraping by could no longer sustain their lives. And people took to the streets again.

Related: Lebanon’s ‘two crises’: coronavirus and financial collapse 

Lebanese citizens have been on the streets since October demanding an end to corruption and a new, non-sectarian political system. But now the protests are about survival for the most vulnerable. 

In the northern city of Tripoli, protesters smashed and burned banks and clashed with security forces. 

Before the pandemic, the World Bank estimated that 45% of Lebanese could soon be below the poverty line. Now the Lebanese government has put that prediction over 70%. 

Related: Foreign domestic workers stuck in Lebanon as economy spirals

At a protest in Beirut last week, a crowd blocked the main road. “Some people are dying because they don’t have a shelter to live in, food to eat,” said Mohamed Kaadan, a medical technician among the protesters. 

He said, of course, he’s worried about COVID-19, but that the situation is becoming too desperate to stay silent. His salary as a medical technician has been slashed by more than two-thirds because of out-of-control inflation. 

“So that’s it,” Kaadan said. “I’ve got nothing to lose.”

Some protesters were wearing masks, trying to keep a safe social distance between them. 

Others were clearly not. They shouted in the faces of a row of police officers in riot gear as smoke rose from a nearby garbage pile, set on fire by the demonstrators. Another group of police officers handed out medical masks to protesters, some of whom are carrying gas masks — in case the police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd.

On a quiet day this week in Martyrs Square, which has held some of Beirut’s biggest demonstrations, Ghazi Alam al-Din sat chatting with a friend on the curb.

A year ago, he explained, he was making about 50-60,000 Lebanese pounds per day. Then, that was about $35 or $40. It wasn’t great, but it was enough to pay his rent, feed his family and even take them out once in a while. As the crisis hit in the fall and inflation rose, things got tougher. Then came COVID-19, and his work stopped completely.

“I’m not receiving any money from anywhere,” he said. 

He pulled out his pockets to show nothing but a singular key, explaining that his wife and children now must stay with his in-law because he can not put food on the table. Thankfully, because of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan, a mosque near his house offers free meals in the evening, he said. 

“Some days I go there to take food from them,” Alam al-Din said. “Sometimes people are nice and they give me food.”

Ghazi Alam al-Din standing near Martyrs’ Square in Beirut, Lebanon. 

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Alam al-Din’s face is pained as he tries to fight back the tears. He said the situation is tough for everyone now,  and that means friends and relatives can’t help. He said that he heard that Syrian refugees are even trying to flee Lebanon back into the war zone next door.

“Lebanon is a beautiful place. I want Lebanon to stand up on its two feet again,” he said. “I want it to go back to where it was in the past.” 

But it’s hard to be optimistic. 

Back in Bourj al-Hamoud, Solakian said the government has done almost nothing to help those suffering the double whammy of the financial crisis and Covid-19. Instead, he received a box of food from a local church — rice, oil and milk. He never thought he’d be taking handouts. 

“When corona[virus] came, Canada, the United States, Europe, all the governments helped their people. They say ‘stay at home’ but they paid them,” Solakian said. “But here, there is no money.  No one helps us.”

US-China relationship headed toward ‘permanent lasting rupture,’ analyst says

US-China relationship headed toward ‘permanent lasting rupture,’ analyst says

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United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday renewed his aggressive criticism of China, blaming it for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people from the coronavirus and demanding again that it share information about the outbreak.

“They knew. China could have prevented the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. China could have spared the world descent into global economic malaise,” Pompeo told a State Department news conference.

Pompeo pushed back against suggestions that he and other members of the Trump administration have issued conflicting statements about the exact origins of the novel coronavirus while blaming China for the initial outbreak in the city of Wuhan.

Relations between Beijing and Washington have long been rocky. But now many leaders in both capitals see a more serious rupture as inevitable — or even desirable.

Related: Nick Burns: US ‘unusual’ absence from world stage is bad for Americans

“You’ve got officials in both sides who are gearing up for a permanent lasting rupture in the relationship. And I think you’ve got populations in both countries that are becoming increasingly supportive of that idea,” said Jude Blanchette, a China scholar at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Blanchette told The World’s Marco Werman he sees the rivalry between the two superpowers growing increasingly ominous.

“Senior leadership in Beijing has been calling for decoupling for a very long time and has really believed the narrative that the United States is intent on stifling China’s rise and that China needs to take preparatory steps. We’re seeing that same message now coming out of this administration, which is, the communist party’s a fundamental bad actor,” Blanchette said. “I think there is a teased out narrative of ‘the Chinese people need to need to think about a different leadership structure.’ That’s a recipe for a more prolonged rivalry and one where there’s not much imaginative thinking, I think, on either side.”

Related: World leaders pledge $8 billion to fight the coronavirus

Marco Werman: What you’re describing sounds dramatic. It sounds historic. What would it even mean? Can you then wrap your head around the scenarios if there is a very serious rupture?

Jude Blanchette: Well, we had something like this before. It was called the Cold War. And we are going to see decoupling. It’s not a question of if we decouple or not. The question really is how much do we decouple? How much do we decouple on trade? How much do we decouple on technology? I’m not advocating these. I’m simply saying this is happening right now.

And yet within the White House, we’re hearing mixed messages and disagreement. President Donald Trump is keen to get this trade deal really finalized with China. And at the end of March, he called President Xi Jinping and tweeted much respect for his handling of the virus. How does China hope to emerge from this crisis?

China is not going to emerge well. And that’s because China went through its own period in the first couple of months after the outbreak of the coronavirus, where it was silencing doctors. The elements of political control that we’ve seen the Communist Party build up over the past several decades were really brought to bear in dealing with this. And while we’re looking at governance failures here in the United States, it’s important to remember that we had roughly a month and a half or two months of governance failures in China.

China, then, pivoted very quickly from getting the situation under control domestically to what I would call a global victory lap in a way that really engendered some frustration and even outright anger by a lot of countries who were in the midst of dealing with this coronavirus, which emerged, as best we know, from China. And we had this “in your face” approach from the Chinese, including what they’re now calling their “wolf warrior” style of diplomacy, of course, coming from a popular nationalist military film in China. But this is not working in China’s favor. And what could have been, I think, a relatively straightforward soft power victory by China in taking up the mantle of leadership in the absence of US leadership has actually turned into neither country demonstrating leadership. And I think both countries are going to come out of this quite tarnished in terms of their reputation in that context.

Related: Pandemic security must be ‘top-line concern’ says former Amb. Power 

This week, we heard from Deputy National Security Adviser Matthew Pottinger. He delivered a speech to the University of Virginia in Mandarin. A US official speaking out in Mandarin — that in itself is pretty rare. Then Pottinger went on to call on Chinese authorities to recognize diverse opinions, urging, “A little more populism, a little less nationalism.” How provocative was that at this moment?

I don’t think this was a call for regime change by Matt. I think this was an attempt to try to play up the more liberal elements in China’s history. The problem is, that message is absolutely going to get lost in this whipsaw motion that we just discussed at the senior level. So anything that anyone below Trump does, doesn’t land as so long as you have a president who is hemming and hawing back and forth on these issues.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. Reuters contributed reporting. 

Discussion: What are the potential vaccines and treatments for the coronavirus?

Discussion: What are the potential vaccines and treatments for the coronavirus?

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World leaders and organizations came together virtually this week and pledged $8 billion to research, manufacture and distribute a possible vaccine and treatments for the new coronavirus.

The funding pledge comes as the number of people infected with COVID-19  worldwide was more than 3.7 million with over 258,000 killed, according to a Reuters tally.

Health authorities are working to turn the page on the fractious and haphazard initial global response to the coronavirus crisis. Many leaders stressed that any treatment or vaccine must be available to everyone. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it should not just be for rich countries.

“We can’t just have the wealthiest countries, the most successful scientific countries, have this success and not share it with the world, because we will not be safer until we’re able to share it with the world,” he said.

Related discussion: Mental health, stress and resiliency during the coronavirus pandemic

As part of our weekly series taking your questions to the experts, The World’s Jonathan Dyer moderated a discussion with Dr. Barry Bloom, the Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Research Professor of Public Health and former dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who addressed the current thinking about possible COVID-19 treatments.

Inside the global network of scientists racing to curb the spread of coronavirus

Inside the global network of scientists racing to curb the spread of coronavirus

The pandemic’s deadly grip has sparked a global race to understand how the virus is evolving and spreading — and the clues are in its genetic code. A worldwide network of scientists is trying to map and understand the genomic makeup of the new coronavirus in near real time.

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The coronavirus pandemic postponed Stephanie Goya’s plan to finally defend her dissertation and complete her PhD in genomics. Like many scientists around the world, Goya, a virologist in Buenos Aires, quickly changed course to focus on the new coronavirus.  

“A lot of hands were needed, so with my expertise in viral genomics, I could help with different projects,” said Goya, who works for Argentina’s Dr. Ricardo Gutiérrez Children’s Hospital. “I love it. I love to help society to bring expertise in something helpful, and this is the most helpful work I have ever done.”

The pandemic’s deadly grip has sparked a global race to understand how the virus is evolving and spreading — and the clues are in its genetic code. Goya is now part of a worldwide network of thousands of scientists trying to map and understand the genomic makeup of SARS-CoV-2, the scientific name for the new coronavirus, in near real time. They’re drilling into the virus’s structure to uncover clues about how it works, how it spreads, and ultimately, how it can be treated.

There is a lot to learn because this pathogen is new in humans. What excites Goya and other scientists is the unprecedented level of information scientists are sharing at a rapid pace. It’s all possible through advances in genomic sequencing technology and improvements in the scientific culture of sharing. 

Their work is helped along by online initiatives such as GISAID that facilitates the analysis and exchange of information. More than 20,000 people around the globe are registered to use its data.  

“It’s a beginning of a new era.”

Stephanie Goya, virologist, Buenos Aires

“It’s a beginning of a new era,” Goya said.

SARS-CoV-2 is complex. It contains a code of nearly 30,000 letters that represent the tiny structural units, or nucleotides, that make up the genome. Newer sequencing technology and algorithms have enabled the coding of virus samples in a matter of days and even hours, whereas in the past it would have taken weeks. 

Scientists have used full genomic sequencing to understand and respond to other outbreaks, most recently Ebola. But never before has it been used at this speed and scale. 

Critical to comprehending the nature of this virus is scientists’ willingness and ability to share information from the start, as opposed to delaying the release of data until the full publication of its analysis, which can take months or years. 

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One of Africa’s leading scientists, Christian Happi, is heading the effort to map the genome of the new coronavirus across the continent. He directs the African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases at Redeemer’s University in Nigeria and had helped sequence the Ebola genome — then used sequencing technology to track its spread. In February, Happi got a sample of SARS-CoV-2 from a patient in his lab in Ede. He immediately got to work and shared the results. 

“We had the whole genome of the virus lined up, the whole genetic map. That was unprecedented because we were able to do it in 48 hours.”

 Christian Happi, director,  African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, Redeemer’s University, Nigeria

“We had the whole genome of the virus lined up, the whole genetic map,” Happi said. “That was unprecedented because we were able to do it in 48 hours.”

Tracking how the virus spreads

Halfway across the world in New York City, geneticist Harm van Bakel has been racing to map the new coronavirus, too. The lab he runs at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is collecting samples from infected patients across New York City and countries that don’t yet have the lab capacity. 

“Given the number of samples we’re currently processing, we sequence maybe 100 viruses every two to three days,” van Bakel said. 

Van Bakel normally studies the spread of other pathogens such as seasonal influenza. He stressed that the speed at which researchers are able to sequence and understand so many samples of the new coronavirus allows them to track its transmission. That’s because as the virus spreads, “it accumulates small changes in its genetic code,” van Bakel said.

These changes occur because when a virus infects someone new, it makes lots of copies, creating new virus particles. The machinery that does this isn’t perfect. It can make small mistakes as it replicates. Those mistakes — or mutations — give each virus its own unique tag, like a scratch on a car.

“It doesn’t necessarily impact how the car functions, but it allows you to differentiate one particular car from a different car of the same type,” van Bakel said.

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These scratches help scientists identify the path of this virus, while also tracking whether any of those changes impact the virus’s behavior, which scientists continue to monitor.

When pieced together through this global sharing of sequencing information, Happi has been able to see how the virus spread to Nigeria from China. Van Bakel was able to glean that the virus in New York appeared very similar to the one that was circulating in Europe.

“And what that tells us in return is that as the virus spread from Asia, it didn’t come directly to New York — but rather, it took a detour through Europe.”

Harm van Bakel, geneticist, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City 

“And what that tells us in return is that as the virus spread from Asia, it didn’t come directly to New York — but rather, it took a detour through Europe,” van Bakel said.

Data generated by scientists like Happi and van Bakel is helping other researchers understand where variations of the coronavirus have spread around the world. That piece of the puzzle could help policymakers respond to new outbreaks.

Emma Hodcroft, a molecular epidemiologist at the University of Basel in Switzerland and Nextstrain, has been downloading that data to create a kind of global map of the virus called a phylogenetic tree.

The branches represent evolutionary relationships of the virus. The whole map currently includes more than 10,000 sequences of the new coronavirus. 

“So, if we can find out what were the dangers beforehand, how did this virus spread effectively between different states or between different cities, we can keep an eye on that as we come out of lockdown to make sure that we don’t give the virus that advantage when we try and start re-allowing movement and reopening shops and this kind of thing,” Hodcroft said.

A growing culture of sharing

Being able to source and analyze all this data is no small feat: It requires a credible system for sharing this information and scientists who are willing to participate. Several platforms now exist — such as Genbank, EMBL-EBI, and a global consortium, the International Nucleotide Sequence Database Collaboration. One of the main public-private initiatives that Hodcroft and others take part in is GISAID, the nonprofit Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data. 

With scientific advisers across the world, GISAID was already a well-oiled system when the coronavirus hit.  

“It’s an exponential growth that is staggering.”

Peter Bogner, founder, GISAID

“We were called earlier this year, the first week of January, by our partners in China and various public health laboratories to see if we could assist with the sharing of a newly emerging coronavirus,” said GISAID’s founder, Peter Bogner. “It’s an exponential growth that is staggering.”

Anyone can access GISAID, so long as they register and agree to credit the scientist whose data in any resulting research. Bogner said those conditions helped relieve tension among scientists who may have been reluctant to share data prepublication because “they were worried about being scooped.”

The initiative has existed since 2008. It emerged from a system of labs around the world that track and share genetic data for flu viruses. GISAID is a critical source for identifying strains for developing annual flu vaccines.

Global health hinges on this kind of collaboration. But there are major gaps: Not all countries have the capacity to collect and sequence the new coronavirus, which leads to blind spots in tracing it. 

For example, it wasn’t until late April that researchers in Argentina had the necessary ingredients to sequence and share the first genomes of the virus there, said Goya, the Buenos Aires virologist. Bogner said GISAID is working with scientists in Tehran, to help the country begin sequencing the genome and sharing it.

For Happi, the scientist in Nigeria, another question looms: Who benefits when these sequences lead to an effective vaccine or treatment? 

“The companies that are developing tools and diagnostics and vaccines should understand that because we shared the data that we should share in terms of the benefit,” he said. 

Happi worries that communities vital to effort may not have equal access to lifesaving treatment once genomic data is used to successfully develop it. Or that the treatment might be too expensive. Scientists and policymakers haven’t solved that problem — at least, not yet.

Coronavirus upended her family. But this Latina teen is determined to make her vote count.

Coronavirus upended her family. But this Latina teen is determined to make her vote count.

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Marlene Herrera has her entire life planned out in a color-coordinated notebook. It’s helped the 17-year-old high school senior in San Diego County keep track of her schedule and big events such as grad night, an annual celebration for graduating seniors.

But the coronavirus pandemic has turned Herrera’s carefully planned world upside down. No grad night, no prom, no graduation ceremony. It’s brought a new set of worries: She’s on track to be the first person in her family to attend college this fall, but how will she pay for it? How will her uninsured family members access health care? And when will her mother’s unemployment benefits start coming? 

Those concerns are shaping how Herrera views the 2020 presidential election campaign. Herrera is an undecided voter in California, a state where Latinos overwhelmingly support Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who recently dropped out of the presidential race. Sanders beat former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, by almost 30% among Latinos in California’s March 3 primary election. Sanders also came out ahead 54 percentage points in front of Biden for voters under the age of 29. 

“I don’t know where I stand. Even then I didn’t know where I stand, but now it’s even worse.”

Marlene Herrera, 17, first-time voter

“When I found out Sanders left, I was like, ‘Oh, he’s the one who was on our side about college, thinking about health care and stuff, compared to the two we have now,” said Herrera, whose grandparents are immigrants from Mexico. “I don’t know where I stand. Even then, I didn’t know where I stand, but now, it’s even worse.”

So far, experts are unsure whether Biden can convince the nation’s Latinos to support him — and come out to vote for him in November. Latinos are an important voting bloc: They are on track to become the nation’s second-largest voter group this fall after whites, surpassing black voters for the first time, according to the Pew Research Center. 

Related: Can Biden turn out Latinos to vote? Advocacy groups aren’t sure.

More than 30.5% of eligible voters in California are Latino, the highest share of any state. While California has become reliably Democrat over the past two decades, its Latino voters are a big enough bloc to swing the state one way or another if they vote in big numbers. 

Herrera said she worries the US is heading toward a repeat of the 2016 presidential election, where her family members were turned off by both parties’ failed promises to Latino voters on issues such as immigration and health care. 

“My family members, once it came down to the two candidates, they just didn’t vote,” she said of the 2016 race.

Herrera wasn’t yet eligible to vote in California’s primary because she hadn’t yet turned 18. She plans to register to vote after her birthday next month. Still, she was following the election closely before the pandemic hit. 

In March, she said she was happy to see Sanders win the California primary. But she acknowledged much of what he was campaigning for — “free this, free that” — was unlikely to come to fruition. 

“As much as he wants it to be free, it’s going to take a lot that has to happen to get it to that point,” Herrera said.

Related: Every 30 seconds, a young Latino in the US turns 18. Their votes count more than ever.

‘You can see how tired he is’

Throughout the pandemic, Herrera has split her time between her two parents’ homes. The pandemic has upended their lives, too.

For the first month of California’s lockdown, Herrera and her younger brother stayed with her father, a Mexican American born in the US. He manages a grocery store and has been working nonstop during the pandemic. 

“You can noticeably see how much more tired he is,” she said. “There’s times he doesn’t even want to stay up to eat because he’s that tired. A lot of times when he gets home, my brother and I just say, ‘Here’s your blanket, here’s your pillow.’ He does this thing where he passes out on the couch first before he goes to bed.”

While her father was at work, Herrera and her brother were stuck inside. Herrera spent time taking online classes from a nearby community college, doing Zoom classes for high school and gaming. She borrowed her brother’s PlayStation 4 and started meeting her friends virtually in the video game, Grand Theft Auto. 

“We joked that we were going to use the pier in the game as our grad night,” she said. She faces the prospect of celebrating her birthday online as well: “You can find me celebrating on the virtual roller coaster.” 

Related: This Latino teen voter worries about prom, graduation — and the economy

Herrera just moved back in with her mother, who spent weeks at home sick with flulike symptoms. She never got tested for the coronavirus because she is uninsured and worried about the cost. 

While Herrera’s mother was paid during the time she was sick, she was recently laid off from her job at a law office. Her unemployment benefits will help support Herrera and several other family members who live with them.

Californians face a weeks-long backlog to start receiving unemployment benefits. And the family is still waiting for Herrera’s mother’s application to be processed.

But Californians face a weekslong backlog to start receiving unemployment benefits. And the family is still waiting for Herrera’s mother’s application to be processed.

Faced with inadequate health care and a lack of state support, Herrera said she was disappointed to see Sanders leave the race. His platforms focused on expanding programs that have proven to be vital safety nets during the pandemic.

Even with all the uncertainty, Herrera has reasons to celebrate. She was accepted to her top college choices. In the fall, she’ll move to the Bay Area to attend San Francisco State University, where she wants to study psychology. 

Herrera said she is closely watching how the country’s health care industry is responding to the pandemic.

Herrera said her family has experienced what happens when health care comes at a cost. 

“I am low-income as well. I know that feeling,” she said. “Thank God my little sister and I have [health insurance], but my mom doesn’t. When she gets sick, she needs to just fight through it. She’s worried about how much it’s going to cost. It frustrates me.”

With the pandemic still raging, the US general election is still far from Herrera’s mind. 

“Especially because I’m not happy with either of the candidates. Putting aside what I feel for the candidate is different from politically what they’ll bring to the government, and I’ll have to see which one is the best option.”

She said her mom suggested leaving that line of the ballot empty. 

But Herrera said she will cast her vote for president. She’s determined to make her vote count in November.

This story is part of “Every 30 Seconds,” a collaborative public media reporting project tracing the young Latino electorate leading up to the 2020 presidential election and beyond.

This trio in Spain gets through ‘confinement blues’ with socially conscious music

This trio in Spain gets through ‘confinement blues’ with socially conscious music

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Stay Homas, a band of three roommate musicians in Barcelona, Spain, perform songs from their rooftop to get us through our COVID-19 “confinement blues.” 

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Spain is one of the countries hardest hit by COVID-19, with the second-highest number of cases after the United States. In recent weeks, the daily fatality rate and the number of new infections have been decreasing, and the Spanish government announced a de-escalation plan of its quarantine measures expected to last through the end of June, if not longer.

Until then, people continue to be confined at home, with few chances to get out: They can only leave to buy food, walk the dog, go to work, or — starting May 2 — do outdoor exercise.

But for the past six weeks, three musician roommates in Barcelona have been getting people through their confinement blues through originally written songs about the pandemic.

Related: Artists flock to the only ‘festival’ still on during COVID-19

They became an overnight sensation with a reggae-style song urging people to stay home that one band member posted on his Instagram on March 15, just one day after the Spanish government announced a state of emergency and imposed the lockdown. Within hours, the song had thousands of views. 

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“People kept asking for more,” said Rai Benet, one member of the trio. “And we thought, why not? We have nothing else to do.”

He and his two roommates — Klaus Stroink and Guillem Boltó — were already musicians playing in other bands, but with the global crisis, they were left without jobs. 

Benet says they wrote these songs to pass the time at first, propped up in their apartment terrace and drinking beers under the Mediterranean sun. But when they saw they were a hit, they kept going. Within a week, they had a name for the new band – Stay Homas — as well as their own Instagram and YouTube channels. 

Now, after six weeks and 24 songs, they have hundreds of thousands of followers from all over the world.

Related: Quarantine projects curate pandemic-inspired art 

“It was sort of strange,” said Benet. “Because we didn’t have any kind of intention with this. And suddenly, we saw that what we had created was growing quickly. It caught us off guard.”

They post a new song roughly every other day, sometimes doing collaborations with other artists through videos. Their songs are in Spanish, English and the regional language of Catalan, and they talk about things like life under quarantine, missing a loved one or taking care of the community.

“We want our lyrics to be socially conscious, whether it’s at an individual or global level. … Sometimes we do it through humor, but the goal is to make more than just music. We want people to reflect, especially during these times.”

Guillem Boltó, Stay Homas band member, Barcelona, Spain

“We want our lyrics to be socially conscious, whether it’s at an individual or global level,” said Boltó. “Sometimes we do it through humor, but the goal is to make more than just music. We want people to reflect, especially during these times.”

Their songs incorporate a range of genres: from trap to flamenco to pop. Canadian singer Michael Bublé even covered one of their songs.

“They asked us for the rights of that song,” said Stroink of their experience with Bublé’s manager. “And that’s when we realized we didn’t have any of our songs copywritten. They were in this legal gray zone that is Instagram.”

That’s when the group finally registered their songs and hired a manager. It was uncharted territory for them — they had never had to deal with the bureaucracy of the music industry, they said, and they were forced to figure it out in only a few weeks’ time. 

The newfound fame is exciting and they say they’ve never been busier. Their days are filled with either songwriting — thinking up topics and melodies and lyrics — or interviews. On the day they spoke with The World, they said they had six interviews lined up, with publications from China and Russia. 

And as the gradual easing of the lockdown begins in the coming weeks, the three bandmates are already looking forward to what comes next.

“We’ll continue writing songs as Stay Homas,” says Boltó. “Although, I assume, we’ll do it with less frequency and talk about things other than the pandemic.”

This once-frozen pass is a trove of Viking artifacts. Now, there’s a race to preserve them.

This once-frozen pass is a trove of Viking artifacts. Now, there's a race to preserve them.

Since 2011, a mountain pass in central Norway has seen unusually warm summers linked to climate change. The melt has revealed an unexpected treasure trove of more than 1,000 remarkably preserved artifacts.

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Wooden bit made from juniper for goat kids and lambs to prevent them suckling their mother, as the milk was processed for human consumption. Found in the pass area at Lendbreen. Such bits were used locally until the 1930s, but this specimen is radiocarbon-dated to the 11th century AD.

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Human touch is essential. How are people coping with ‘skin hunger’?

Human touch is essential. How are people coping with ‘skin hunger’?

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Henri de Chassey, wearing a protective face mask, kisses his partner Margaux Rebois — who is returning to Paris on a Thalys high-speed train after spending two months in Brussels — at Midi/Zuid station on the first day of the easing of lockdown measures during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Brussels, Belgium, May 4, 2020. 

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“Don’t touch your face.” “Avoid hugging.” Stand 6 feet apart.” 

So many rules about preventing the spread of the coronavirus warn against touching other people. For the last two months, grandparents have been advised against holding their grandchildren while sick patients cannot grasp a relative’s hand.

What kind of effect does this lack of human touch have on people?

Related: COVID-19 interrupts fertility plans for hopeful couples in the United Kingdom

Amanda Whitlock, 39, a photo editor in Chicago, describes herself as a natural introvert. She lives on her own, with her cat Mr. B, and a newly adopted kitten and says she’s usually very content in her own company. Whitlock went into a self-imposed lockdown in early March and hasn’t had any physical contact with another person since. She says it’s all starting to get to her.

“I’m someone that has anxiety anyway. The last few days, I think it’s really been pretty heavy on me. You know, it would be nice to be able to go out and hang out with someone and hold their hand. You know, something as simple as that,” she said.

There’s a good reason why Whitlock’s anxiety is on the rise. Studies show physical contact with other people reduces feelings of stress. British evolutionary psychologist and professor Robin Dunbar says it can all be traced back to our monkey ancestry. Grooming each other’s fur is how apes build friendships. Humans have substituted that grooming with stroking and cuddling, he says and that act of physical touch has a profound effect on our health.

Related: Mourning in the midst of a pandemic

“Not only does [touch] build friendships directly and indirectly, but those friendships have a dramatic effect on your well-being, your general health, your ability to recover from illnesses and even your longevity.”

Robin Dunbar, evolutionary psychologist and professor 

Not only does it build friendships directly and indirectly, but those friendships have a dramatic effect on your well-being, your general health, your ability to recover from illnesses and even your longevity.”   

It’s too early to tell whether the absence of human touch during the pandemic will have long-term consequences. Some groups are particularly vulnerable, like older people living alone, Dunbar says. Playwright Eve Ensler, who now goes by the name V, is worried about how the virus is changing the way we view our bodies. She fears that people are linking human touch with illness. 

“I think there’s something about going out and seeing people being afraid of each other and afraid of each other’s bodies. Touch is becoming something equated with sickness and death, and that scares me deeply.”

V, formerly known as Eve Ensler

“I think there’s something about going out and seeing people being afraid of each other and afraid of each other’s bodies. Touch is becoming something equated with sickness and death, and that scares me deeply,” she said. 

The pandemic reminds V of the 1980s when the AIDS virus first became known. Fear of contracting HIV changed attitudes toward sex, and she worries the coronavirus will alter our behavior, too. 

“[AIDS] definitely changed our relationship to sex and to freedom. Drastically. I so don’t want COVID-19 to do this to our relationship to touch. That would be a huge loss for human beings,” she said.

Charlotte Rose is an advocate for sex workers and a former sex worker in Britain.

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Sexual intimacy is off the table for many people right now. But for some in the sex industry, it’s business as usual. Charlotte Rose, an advocate for sex workers in Britain, says many in the industry are still working because they’re not entitled to government support.

“There is a large percentage that are still working because they can’t claim benefits. A lot of sex workers — especially migrant sex workers — aren’t eligible either. So, unfortunately, people are still offering skin-on-skin contact.

Rose used to work in the industry and many of her clients had disabilities. She says for them, it was often not just about sex, but about simple physical contact with another person.

“For probably about 90% of my clients, it wasn’t even about the intercourse side of it, it was just skin-on-skin contact. I mean, I was predominantly seeing people with disabilities. And, you know, they’re already a very marginalized and vulnerable group, and they’re the ones that are suffering incredibly at this particular time,” she said. 

Rose has maintained contact with some of those clients and says a number of them are really struggling with social isolation right now. 

Related: Many people aren’t putting love on hold during COVID-19

Sports and remedial massage therapist Ruth McKinnon knows the importance of human touch in her work, too. Originally from Toronto, McKinnon moved to London in 2017 and began working as a registered massage therapist in the city’s financial district.

While many of her clients had physical injuries, McKinnon says there’s no question that stress is what brought a lot of people to her clinic. A massage fires up the dopamine in the brain, helping you to relax and ultimately sleep better, she says. But McKinnon hasn’t been able to work since mid-March when the British government announced that all clinics must close because of the pandemic.

McKinnon says she’s feeling the effect of the lack of physical contact, too.

“Even for myself, not having that regular touch with lots of different people is hard. My husband has noticed an increased amount of touching that I’m doing with him. It’s so vital,” she said.

McKinnon has no idea when her clinic will open again, but is hopeful she will be able to get back to work soon even if it means wearing protective clothing. 

In the meantime, it’s not all gloom. There are some things you can do to ease the “skin hunger” you may be feeling. Professor Dunbar says connecting with someone over Skype or Zoom doesn’t compare to a good hug — but it helps. He jokes that it’s probably why we have these “enormous great white eyeballs.” 

“There’s something about being able to stare into the whites of other people’s eyes that seems to be really important in creating that sense of intimacy. On Skype, you stare into the eyeballs and you can see the smile breaking on their face before you even finish the punchline of the joke you’re telling them,” he said.

In Chicago, Whitlock has been FaceTiming a man she met through a mutual friend. They haven’t been on a real-life date yet. This week, they’re planning to act out Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” together — on FaceTime. But Whitlock says she longs for the day they can meet in person.

“I would love to be able to text him and be like, ‘Hey, let’s meet up.’ Or, you know, since we can’t really go anywhere, let’s find a safe way in one of our places to meet. That would be awesome,” she said. 

But Whitlock says she doesn’t think it’s going to happen anytime soon. For now, it’s just Mr. B and SP, her two cats that are keeping her company.  

“I think that if I didn’t have my pets — they’re my family. If I didn’t have them, I would definitely be climbing the walls right now for some human contact.”

Discussion: Mental health, stress and resiliency during the coronavirus pandemic

Discussion: Mental health, stress and resiliency during the coronavirus pandemic

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Italy is among several countries that began easing social distancing restrictions on Monday, including reopening factories, construction sites, hairdressers and libraries.

Others included Spain, Nigeria, Azerbaijan, Malaysia and Lebanon. And, several states in the United States began loosening lockdown restrictions.

More than 3.52 million people have been reported to be infected by the coronavirus globally, and more than 240,000 have died.

The move by several countries to loosen restrictions suggests that the rate of infections may be starting to flatten.

Related discussion: Pandemic exposes health inequities in vulnerable communities

New Zealand and Australia said discussions are underway for the potential creation of a “travel bubble” between the two countries and in South Korea, shoppers and travelers crowded malls and beaches on the first long weekend since the country began easing curbs last month.

But, COVID-19 continues to cost lives, sicken millions and force physical distancing. And we may only be beginning to see the psychological impacts of the pandemic.

As part of a weekly series taking your questions to the experts, The World’s Elana Gordon moderated a discussion with Dr. Karestan Koenen, professor of psychiatric epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

If you or a family member need assistance with a mental health or substance abuse problem, you can call:

SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-4357

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255
 
You can also learn more about the weekly online forum about mental health and COVID-19 that Koenen and her colleagues host.

Quarantine projects curate pandemic-inspired art

Quarantine projects curate pandemic-inspired art

Today, thanks to the internet, we’re not so alone during our lives in lockdown. Numerous international art projects are harnessing the crowdsourcing power of the internet to curate art about life in quarantine. 

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Throughout history, quarantines have spurred artists to create (think Shakespeare, Frida Kahlo or Edvard Munch, among others).

Today, thanks to the internet, we’re not so alone during our lives in lockdown. People all over the world are figuring out creative ways to use this time. They’re hosting virtual parties, cooking meals together and posting videos on TikTok.

And, a number of international art projects are harnessing the internet’s crowdsourcing power to curate art about life in quarantine. Many are inviting public participation in the work or finding new ways to bring art to people — and sharing messages of hope and solidarity or “stay home.” 

Related: During social distancing, artists collaborate on ‘Long Distance Art’

Here are just a handful of those art projects, from the United States to the Netherlands to Spain: 

Sound collage 

In Southern California, curator Cassandra Coblentz at the Orange County Museum of Art wanted to document quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic with an online project.

She realized that many people are tired of looking at digital screens so the museum team commissioned sound artist Alan Nakagawa to create a collaborative sound collage titled, “Social Distance, Haiku, and You.”

In order to make it less daunting for people to participate, Nakagawa decided to use haikus, a Japanese form of poetry with 17 syllables within three lines.

“Haikus are fun because it’s less about creating a masterpiece poem. And it’s more about, ‘Yeah, I could do that, you know — three lines.’”

Alan Nakagawa, sound artist

“Haikus are fun because it’s less about creating a masterpiece poem. And it’s more about, ‘Yeah, I could do that, you know — three lines,’” Nakagawa said.

The museum invited the public to submit haikus via voice memos.

“Originally, we were worried that we weren’t going to get that many, actually. We had no idea that we were going to get over 550 haikus,” Coblentz said.

Related: Artists flock to the only ‘festival’ still on during COVID-19

“From all over the world!” Nakagawa said.

Here are some of the haikus they received: 

Reeking of Clorox,

I become unclean again,

Return to the sink

– Sarah Gomez

 

Alone, I live mute 

Unsure if my voice still works 

Testing one, two, three. 

– Tricia (Canberra, Australia)

 

Long calls, vibrant chats,

Friends, families, catching up—

Closer—but not quite.

– Rebekah C. Mambiar (Metro Manila, Philippines)

Nakagawa connected all of the 550 submissions into a 90-minute time capsule on SoundCloud, which you can listen to here or read here.

A digital museum 

Many visual artists are choosing Instagram as the platform to share their art. That’s where three creatives in Spain host the Covid Art Museum. Every day, they meet via WhatsApp to select images submitted by artists from around the world. The project is only a month old, but it has over 65,000 followers on Instagram.

Related: In a new MoMA audio guide, security guards are the art experts

Irene Llorca is one of the project’s founders. She’s an art director at an ad agency in Barcelona.

“We realized that many of our friends were sharing art about the pandemic. That’s when we decided to create a digital museum to collect all the amazing artwork that was being born.”

Irene Llorca, Covid Art Museum

The Covid Art Museum “began during the first days of quarantine in Spain. We realized that many of our friends were sharing art about the pandemic. That’s when we decided to create a digital museum to collect all the amazing artwork that was being born,” Llorca said.

To encourage submissions, Llorca and her friends connected with ArteInformado, an Iberoamerican contemporary art market. So far, they’ve received nearly 5,000 submissions from 50 different countries. (Submit your own art to the museum here.)

One of Llorca’s favorites is a painting by Mauro C. Martinez of an American couple on vacation with tan lines on their faces outlining where masks would be.

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It’s “the things we never thought of, you know, but probably what is going to happen this summer,” she said.

Related: 5 museums offering virtual art while you’re quarantined

As a curator of @covidartmuseum, Llorca is able to spot worldwide trends in the art. There are toilet paper jokes before infection rates peak in a country. During the peak, the art is all about solidarity.

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Stay home and enjoy these hopeful messages  

In the Netherlands, another project aims to get art off the internet and onto people’s walls. In March, two graphic designers, Max Lennarts and Menno de Bruijn, created Stay-Sane-Stay-Safe.com at the suggestion of their friend who is a nurse at a hospital.

“He was asking if we had a nice poster which we can send to him with a nice uplifting message to help the people a bit,” De Bruijn said. “So, then Max thought, yeah, OK, but why only help one friend or one hospital?”

Lennarts and De Bruijn quickly built a website and put out a worldwide call for poster designs targeted at two different audiences: They aimed to send encouraging messages to medical workers and to ask everyone else to stay home. Several graphic design web magazines covered their launch.

As a result, artists in 81 countries have submitted more than 1,500 posters. One poster is an image of two hands wrapped in rubber gloves making a heart symbol.

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🍒🍒 Times are tough, show some love. We need more posters for our medical staff and caretakers, so keep ‘em coming. In the meantime we’re partnering up with print parties to print a first batch of posters and send them to the first hospitals (in the Netherlands). Fuck yes! Feel free to do the same in your country

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Another neon-colored poster reads in bold letters, “We will get through this together.”

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Today we’ve received 2500 posters all printed by our friends over at @drkkrijtielen . We’ve selected 10 different designs, which are yours and some of our own. Monday they will be shipped to 30 hospitals in the Netherlands. Big thanks to Drukkerij Tielen and @stroom_den_haag for helping us out by funding the shipment! Times are tough, show some love. @staysanestaysafe @studio_lennartsendebruijn @overdeschreef #staysanestaysafe #posters #print #help #typosters #graphicdesign #graphicindex #typography #illustration #staysafe #designfeed #curatedcontent #digitalarchive #behance #thebrandidentity #itsnicethat #eyeondesign

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Anyone can download and print out the posters for free. A printer in Utrecht made hundreds of posters for Dutch hospitals, which they say the staff loves.

“The nice thing about the project is that it’s such a shared crisis that everybody understands the message we want to share.”

Menno de Bruijn, graphic artist

“The nice thing about the project is that it’s such a shared crisis that everybody understands the message we want to share,” De Bruijn said.

(Submit your own poster design here.)

Dreaming of a just future 

In the US, a project in Philadelphia called “Fill the Walls with Hope, Rage, Resources, and Dreams” is printing out crowdsourced posters for empty spaces left by closed businesses and schools. Mark Strandquist says he launched the project to help his neighbors dream of a just future.

This poster, “We Keep Each Other Safe,” by Monica Trinidad, is part of the “Fill the Walls with Hope, Rage, Resources, and Dreams” project. People can download their posters for free.  

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Courtesy of the “Fill the Walls with Hope, Rage, Resources, and Dreams” project

This poster submitted by an anonymous artist conveys a public service announcement. 

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Courtesy of the “Fill the Walls with Rage, Hope, Resources and Dreams” project 

Strandquist and friends use wheat paste to post them around the city, including in and around all of Philadelphia’s free food distribution sites.

Meanwhile, in New York, artists are collaborating to make the most of the empty billboard space in Times Square.

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We’re excited to announce the launch of a citywide public art campaign featuring artist-designed PSAs and messages of love, solidarity, and gratitude to New York City’s health care and essential workers. We’ve teamed up with Poster House, Print Magazine, and For Freedoms to turn the screens of Times Square, the digital billboards over Lincoln Tunnel, and nearly 1800 LinkNYC kiosks across the city into platforms of public service and appreciation.⁣ ⁣ Messages from dozens of established and emerging designers and visual artists from around the world will be rolling out as stand united and resilient amidst this global crisis. Thank you @americaneagle, @morgan.stanely, 20 Times Square (@timessquareedition), @brandedcities, @nasdaq, @reuters, @linknycofficial, @silvercastmedia above Lincoln Tunnel for donating screen time. ⁣⁣ ⁣ We ❤️ NY. ⁣⁣ ⁣ 1. Together Apart by Debbie Millman⁣ 2. Love in the Time of Corona by Maira Kalman⁣⁣ 3. Thank You Essential Workers by Gemma O’Brian⁣⁣ 4. The Future is in Our Hands by Zipeng Zhu⁣⁣ 5. 6 Feet is 6 Feet by Matt Dorfman⁣⁣ 6. Call a Loved One by Pablo Delcan⁣⁣ 7. New York Loves You by Edel Rodriguez⁣⁣ ⁣ #PSA #NYStrong #StaySafe #CombatCovid #SomeGoodNews

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Also, check out DearFrontline and Amplifier’s Global Open Call for Art.

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Presenting Valor & Grace by Shepard Fairey! In honor of the frontline workers and everything they do, we have an exclusive piece by @obeygiant . Go to www.DearFrontline.com to use this art to send a message of thanks to frontline workers! #ThankTheFrontline #DearFrontline #ValorandGrace #ShepardFairey #obeygiant #art #InternationalWorkersDay

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Super Nurse on the streets of The Netherlands by @iamfake From the artist: “Super Nurse is a tribute to all healthcare professionals around the world. To encourage them in these challenging times, to lift their spirits and send them love and appreciation, when so much is expected of them and so many people depend on their work.” Tag a healthcare worker below to show them some love 💎💎💎

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Ultimately, all of these projects address the shared experience of quarantine. That’s exactly what the haiku project wants to capture.

Nakagawa trained as a drummer and appreciates “the pocket,” or the space between beats, which is why he loves haikus.

“Haikus are amazing that way in that it just invites your experiences to fill in the blanks and the empty space.”

Alan Nakagawa, sound artist

“Haikus are amazing that way in that it just invites your experiences to fill in the blanks and the empty space,” he said. 

sharing old stories

waiting to create new ones

locked down together

– Laurence Sullivan (UK)

 

The telephone rings

Put on my mask to answer

I’m losing my mind

– Beverly Hritz

People often turn to art to document and make sense of hard times. And our collective quarantine has been unavoidably digital. It’s no wonder that we’re turning to the internet and art to make sense of and document this unprecedented moment in world history. 

Anti-China sentiment on the rise; Italy slowly emerging from lockdown; Pandemic exposes the ‘violence of social inequality’

Anti-China sentiment on the rise; Italy slowly emerging from lockdown; Pandemic exposes the 'violence of social inequality'

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The World staff

The Chinese national flag flies at half-mast behind a statue of late Chinese chairman Mao Zedong in Wuhan during a national mourning for those who died of the coronavirus, April 2020.

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Britain said Monday that China has questions to answer over the information it shared about the novel coronavirus outbreak. But British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace refused to comment on reports that the so-called Five Eyes consortium of US, British, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand intelligence services had accused Beijing of a cover-up. The rhetoric from the US and others comes as an internal Chinese report warns Beijing is facing a rising wave of hostility in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and that global anti-China sentiment is at its highest since the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.

Also: Scientists may never find the ‘missing link’ species

Italy slowly emerging from lockdown

Italy, among the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus and with one of the longest lockdowns in Europe, began easing lockdown restrictions today, allowing about 4.5 million people to return to work. Spain, Nigeria, Azerbaijan, Malaysia, Israel, Tunisia and Lebanon were also among countries easing some restrictions.

Also: Japan’s Abe extends state of emergency to May 31

Economist Thomas Piketty: Pandemic exposes the ‘violence of social inequality’

French economist Thomas Piketty’s new book, “Capital and Ideology,” which came out in March, examines the history of policies and political systems that have sustained economic inequality — and how the world might move toward a fairer economic system. He spoke to The World’s host Marco Werman about the inequalities the pandemic has exposed and suggested Portugal as example of one country that is looking soberly at the pandemic.

“I think at this stage, you know, everybody is trying to do something. So, some countries have initiatives like — in Portugal, they decided two weeks ago to have a temporary regularization of illegal migrants so at least they can provide income support for people in the street and access to health facilities and some kind of legal status. Actually, during this time of the pandemic, most of the countries in Europe did not do that. And I think, you know, it would be useful.”

Warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico raise alarm as US storm season approaches

As storm season begins in the southeastern US, scientists are casting a wary eye on the warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico. Tornado season in the US generally runs from March through June and hurricane season follows right on its heels. Warm waters in the Gulf provide “a basic fuel” to these massive storms, explains atmospheric scientist Kevin Trenberth, a distinguished scholar at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research.

During social distancing, artists collaborate on ‘Long Distance Art’

Simone Saunders, a visual artist based in Calgary, Canada, created this piece for the Long Distance Art series.

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Courtesy of Simone Saunders

Long Distance Art, which launched this week, is an international, multidisciplinary collaborative art series that emerged from the Social Distancing Festival. Artists can inquire about collaborating with another artist they’ve seen on the site, or have the creator pair them up with another artist of his choosing.

For online art, I’ve become a matchmaker,” joked creator Nick Green. “I don’t want to be too instructive. So for the most part, I tell [the collaborators], ‘You two are brilliant artists. Go. Do whatever. I’m happy with anything you come up with.’”

Morning meme

There may be some good old fashioned Hollywood marketing going on here. But it is May 4, and the folks over at team “Star Wars” still know how to get the goosebumps to rise. May the 4th be with you.

In case you missed itListen: A global effort to fast-track a vaccine for the coronavirus

A researcher works in a lab at the Duke-NUS Medical School, which is developing a way to track genetic changes that speed testing of vaccines against the coronavirus disease in Singapore, March 2020.

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Most leaders and medical experts say life won’t get back to relative normal until we get a vaccine to prevent COVID-19. It could take a while, so some scientists and ethicists are proposing a controversial method of testing. Also, Russia’s Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has tested positive for the coronavirus and is temporarily stepping down from his position as he recovers. Plus, the British rock band Queen has updated the classic rock ballad, “We Are The Champions,” to honor health care workers around the world.

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Masked and gloved, Italy joins nations creeping out of lockdown

Masked and gloved, Italy joins nations creeping out of lockdown

A rally organized by small business owners stops by the Rialto bridge to commemorate the health care workers who died amid the outbreak, as Italy begins a staged end to a nationwide lockdown due to a spread of the coronavirus, in Venice, Italy, May 4, 2020.

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Italy, among the world’s hardest-hit countries, on Monday started to relax the longest lockdown in Europe, allowing about 4.5 million people to return to work after nearly two months at home. Construction work can resume and relatives can reunite.

“I woke up at 5.30 a.m. I was so excited,” said Maria Antonietta Galluzzo, a grandmother taking her three-year-old grandson for a walk in Rome’s Villa Borghese park, the first time they had seen each other in eight weeks.

“He has grown by this much,” she said, holding up three horizontal fingers.

Spain, Nigeria, Azerbaijan, Malaysia, Israel, Tunisia and Lebanon were also among countries easing some coronavirus restrictions, variously reopening factories, construction sites, parks, hairdressers and libraries. In the United States, around half of states partially reopened their economies over the weekend.

Related: Parents refuse to send children to school in Denmark as coronavirus restrictions lift

The easing comes as the daily rate of new COVID-19 cases worldwide has been sitting in a 2%-3% range over the past week, down from a peak of around 13% in mid-March.

Global cases have risen to around 3.52 million, according to a Reuters tally based on government data. However, cases may cause only mild symptoms and not everyone with symptoms is tested, while most countries only record hospital deaths.  

“We still have to be skeptical about the numbers we get,” said Peter Collignon, an infectious diseases physician and microbiologist at Canberra Hospital. “We could easily have a second or a third wave because a lot of places aren’t immune.”

Phased reopening

Countries are only gradually reopening due to such fears and warnings from officials not to lower their guard.

In the United States, even as warm weather led sunseekers to flock to green spaces in Manhattan, an epidemic epicenter, President Donald Trump warned the national death toll — now at almost 68,000 — could rise to 100,000.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said his country, where the novel coronavirus has killed almost 29,000 people and over a thousand new cases are reported daily, was still in the “full throes of the pandemic.”

Friends in the country are still barred from meeting up, most shops must stay shut until May 18, and schools, cinemas and theaters remain closed indefinitely.

“It is good to be back, but the world has totally changed,” said Gianluca Martucci, pulling up the shutters on the small warehouse of a catering business in the backstreets of Rome.

“The government has been very wise so far, but I worry that we might be starting up a little too soon … I don’t know if the country could survive a second wave.”

Israel, after weeks of strict closures, has also started to relax curbs in a phased manner. Schools for children in grades 1-3, aged six to nine, have reopened, following the opening of some stores in late April.    

Masks, gloves, distance

People around the world are adjusting to a new normal.

A continuous hum of cars, buses and motorbikes pointed to an increase in early morning commuting in Rome, but traffic was noticeably lighter than before the virus struck and those out appeared to be following the guidelines on social distancing.

In Beirut, restaurants began to reopen but were removing chairs and tables in compliance with government rules that they do not fill beyond 30% of their capacity.

“This is a great step,” said Ralph Malak, a bar owner. “It’s very good for the staff to start to get motivated again, to come back to work, and for the economy to start moving.”

Hairdressers were allowed to partially reopen, with barbers operating on certain days and women’s salons on others.

Iran, which has reported more than 6,000 deaths, is due to reopen mosques in 132 cities on Monday. Worshippers must maintain social distancing, wear masks and gloves and not stay for more than half an hour, the ISNA news agency reported.

War of words on virus

While stringent measures to curb the outbreak have often been broadly backed by the public, governments are counting the economic price.

Factory activity was ravaged across the world in April, business surveys showed, and the outlook looked bleak as shutdowns froze global production and slashed demand. As a result, the global economy is expected to suffer its steepest contraction on record this year.

“This past week saw the amazing coincidence of the publication of the deepest quarterly economic decline in the Western world in almost 100 years and the conclusion to the strongest monthly equity rally in more than 30 years,” said Erik Nielsen, chief economist at UniCredit.

Escalating tensions between the United States and China over the origin of the pandemic drove down stock markets and oil prices on Monday as investors feared a new trade war.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday there was “a significant amount of evidence” that the virus emerged from a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan. He did not provide evidence or dispute an earlier US intelligence conclusion that the virus was not man-made.

An editorial in China’s Global Times, run by the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily, said he was “bluffing” and called on Washington to present its evidence.

By Crispian Balmer and Jonathan Allen/Reuters

Young Ellens – Moneyseeka Lyrics (feat. Chivv)

[Songtekst van “Moneyseeka” ft. Chivv]

[Intro: Chivv]
Ze loevt me
Shawty zegt ze loevt me om die

[Pre-Chorus: Chivv]
Shawty zegt ze loevt me
Om de money die ik heb
Mijn niggers pakken checks
Dus ik blow het direct
Ik kom fully drip en ik doe niet eens mijn best
En ik ben on my way met al mijn niggers in een jet

[Chorus: Chivv]
Zeg me wat je wilt, ik ben die moneyseeka
Moneyseeka, moneyseeka
Zeg me wat je wilt, ik ben die moneyseeka
Moneyseeka, moneyseeka

[Verse 1: You
Ik ben op die high top shit
In die hard top whip
Mijn chains geven dom licht
Bust down thotiana, breek mijn beeldscherm
Die RS3 is erg, we parkeren hem belachelijk
Praat geen hete dingen op die okkie, want ze tappen het
VVS is in mijn chain en ze zijn flawless
Ben een dreamchaser, dit zijn wins en losses
Christian Dior en schoenen heeft reflector
En ik blijf draaien net banden van een tractor
Suicide doors, Louboutin als ik uitstap
Jump out gang ik kan sprayen net een tuinslang
Suicide doors, Louboutin als ik uitstap
Jump out gang ik kan sprayen net een tuinslang

[Pre-Chorus: Chivv]
Shawty zegt ze loevt me
Om de money die ik heb
Mijn niggers pakken checks
Dus ik blow het direct
Ik kom fully drip en ik doe niet eens mijn best

En ik ben on my way met al mijn niggers in een jet

[Chorus: Chivv]
Zeg me wat je wilt, ik ben die moneyseeka
Moneyseeka, moneyseeka
Zeg me wat je wilt, ik ben die moneyseeka
Moneyseeka, moneyseeka

[Verse 2: Chivv]
Blow 10k, het gaat de lucht in net als fireworks
Mijn bitch is constant aan het zeuren dus ik buy een purse
Als die nigger op mij lurkt stuur ik hem naar de church
In 4011 ik ben loaded met mijn kraaien birds
What you mean f*ck boy, what you mean?
Die chain om je nek dezelfde waarde van mijn riem
Ik ben zeker van mijn zaken, hier doen we niet aan misschien
Shoutout naar Chivv hij [?] gecreamed
Ik heb je bitch op mijn dick, dat is gelijk eten
Sla de hele nacht voor die thoties moet je de tijd nemen
Geen Ajax – Chelsea, hier doen we niet aan gelijk spelen
Ik ben met Ellens, we zijn lens en jij moet bijbenen

[Pre-Chorus: Chivv]
Shawty zegt ze loevt me
Om de money die ik heb
Mijn niggers pakken checks
Dus ik blow het direct
Ik kom fully drip en ik doe niet eens mijn best
En ik ben on my way met al mijn niggers in een jet

[Chorus: Chivv]
Zeg me wat je wilt, ik ben die moneyseeka
Moneyseeka, moneyseeka
Zeg me wat je wilt, ik ben die moneyseeka
Moneyseeka, moneyseeka

Bethel Music – Peace Lyrics

[Verse 1]
When my mind is like a battlefield
And my heart is overcome by fear
And hope seems like a ship that’s lost at sea
My enemies on every side
And I’m tempted to run and hide
Your gentle whisper reaches out to me

[Chorus]
Peace holds me when I’m broken
Sweet peace that passes understanding
When the whole wide world is crashing down, I fall to my knees
And breathe in Your peace

[Verse 2]
Fiery arrows whistling
The terror of the night sets in
But I can feel Your angels all around
I am resting underneath
The shelter of Your mighty wings
Your promises are where my hope is found, all my hope is—

[Chorus]
Peace holds me when I’m broken
Sweet peace that passes understanding

When the whole wide world is crashing down, I fall to my knees
And breathe in Your peace

[Bridge]
I remember who You are
You’re the God who’s never far
So I will not be afraid
God, You always keep me safe in Your arms
I remember who You are
You’re the God who’s never far
So I will not be afraid
God, You always, You always keep me safe

[Chorus]
You give me peace that holds me when I’m broken
Sweet peace that passes understanding
When the whole wide world is crashing down, I fall to my knees
And breathe in—

[Outro]
I breathe You, I breathe You in
Take a deep breath and be still and know that You are God alone

Aidan Fine – Day By Day Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Sometimes I wonder
Does anything matter?
Is anything badder
Than hearing no laughter?
We finished, no chatter
I done been around
When nobody make a sound
It’s a whole new feeling
Like you’re tryna write it down
But the word’s lack meaning
It’s okay, tomorrow is another day
And God told me, what’s your reason
Why you feeling beaten?
Don’t I make the grass green
In the right season?
Don’t I make the birds the fly
When the air needs em?
Don’t you see the flowers of the field still grow?
Life ain’t food and the body ain’t clothes
But you fast and you ask what to eat
Just believe, I will see what you need when you need, capeesh?
I’m just tryna be myself
In this mad life
I don’t gotta see or tell
Of my past life
Only now, I am proud of my sound
And the world that I’m going in
Fittin in my origin, flowing in
And knowing there’s, always
An opponent, who done wrote better
Knows better, flows better
But that’s okay
And I know I won’t be always
Be happy
You always gotta pay to play
And if my coins run out
We take it day by day

[Chorus]
No one knows
Your mind and soul
Hold it close

Don’t run away

Before you grow
You feel the pain
I know you know
We take it, we take it
Day by day

[Verse 2]
How can life be
So damn feisty?
Swing a left hook
And she don’t take it lightly
The world’s getting hot
But the flow so icy, huh
You don’t like me?
You fishy like Pisces, huh
I know I might be
Living up in your psyche
It’s likely, they spite me
Doing the right think like Spike Lee
Want me some like Nike’s
So lemme keep it frank
I’m up in it till it sink
I was given everything
That I need to make a stank face
On every damn face
In the place, when they play
What I say, when I say
Imma play then I play till I’m grey
I relay what He say, so I pray every day
It’s a race to erase all my faults
When I’m lost in the costs of the world
So I swerve, on my path
And imma make it last
While I can, going fast
While I make my way
And at last when I crash
Take it day by day

[Chorus]
No one knows
Your mind and soul
Hold it close
Don’t run away

Before you grow
You feel the pain
I know you know
We take it, we take it
Day by day

Tryo – Champagne Lyrics

La nuit promet d’être belle
Car voici qu’au fond du ciel
Apparaît la lune rousse
La nuit promet d’être belle
Car voici qu’au fond du ciel
Apparaît la lune rousse
Saisi d’une sainte frousse
Tout le commun des mortels
Croit voir le diable à ses trousses
Valets volages et vulgaires
Ouvrez mon sarcophage
Et vous pages pervers
Courrez au cimetière
Prévenez de ma part
Mes amis nécrophages
Que ce soir nous sommes attendus dans les marécages

Voici mon message
Cauchemars, fantômes et squelettes
Laissez flotter vos idées noires
Près de la mare aux oubliettes
Tenue du suaire obligatoire

Lutins, lucioles, feux-follets
Elfes, faunes et farfadets
Effraient mes grands carnassiers
Une muse un peu dodue
Me dit d’un air entendu
Vous auriez pu vous raser
Comme je lui fais remarquer
Deux, trois pendus attablés
Qui sont venus sans cravate
Elle me lance un oeil hagard
Et vomit sans crier gare
Quelques vipères écarlates

Vampires éblouis
Par de lubriques vestales
Égéries insatiables
Chevauchant des Walkyries
Infernales appétits de frénésies bacchanales

Qui charment nos âmes envahies par la mélancolie

Envoi !
Satyres joufflus, boucs émissaires
Gargouilles émues, fières gorgones
Laissez ma couronne aux sorcières
Et mes chimères à la licorne

Soudain les arbres frissonnent
Car Lucifer en personne
Fait une courte apparition
L’air tellement accablé
Qu’on lui donnerait volontiers
Le bon Dieu sans confession
S’il ne laissait malicieux
Courir le bout de sa queue
Devant ses yeux maléfiques
Et ne se dressait d’un bond
Dans un concert de jurons
Disant d’un ton pathétique
Que les damnés obscènes cyniques et corrompus
Fassent griefs de leur peine à ceux qu’ils ont élus
Car devant tant de problèmes
Et de malentendus
Les dieux et les diables en sont venus à douter d’eux-mêmes
Oh dédain suprême

Mais voici déjà que le ciel blanchit
Esprits je vous remercie
De m’avoir si bien reçu
Cocher lugubre et bossu, déposez-moi au manoir
Et lâchez le crucifix
Décrochez-moi ces gousses d’ail
Qui déshonorent mon portail
Et me chercher sans retard, sans retard
L’ami qui soigne et guérit
La folie qui m’accompagne
Et qui jamais ne m’a trahi
Champagne !

Franglish – Elle Lyrics

[Couplet 1]
Let’s get it
J’en ai rien à ******* (oh)
J’rentre dans le club comme dans une maison hantée (bouh)
Avec mauvais garçon Salvatore Conte (oh)
Mamacita fais-moi plaisir va danser (vai vai)
Que rico bella (han)
Le charisme est bel et bien là (mucho)
Elle apprécie ma paire de Margiela (bling bling)
Dans mon carré VIP, tu peux marcher là (non non)
Ah pas la force sans qu’ils nous bouda (shit), ah
Quand elle fait bouger son bunda (shit), ah
Elle m’a dit “regarde mais ne touches pas” (shit), ah
J’passe pas par quatre chemins je vais tout droit (shit), ah
Debout sur la banque, vu sur toute la boîte j’observe et j’enquête
Je me sers la main mais t’es qui toi en fait (hein)
Avec ses copines elle vai vai (vai vai)

[Refrain]
Ce qu’elle fait là, elle là, elle là (oh my God)
Elle là, elle là, elle là ça me plaît (que rico)
Oh oui ça me plaît (que rico)
Ce qu’elle fait là, elle là, elle là (shit)
Elle là, elle là, elle là ça me plaît (oh oui que rico)
Oh oui ça me plaît (oh oui que rico)

[Couplet 2]
O.K après minuit, si j’me rapproche de toi est-ce que le terrain est miné ? (oh)
Seulement moi pour t’assumer les autres élimines-les (oh)
Ah après moi c’est terminé (après moi c’est terminé)

Ok après minuit, si j’me rapproche de toi est-ce que le terrain est miné ? (shit)
Seulement moi pour t’assumer les autres élimines-les (ouh)
Ah après moi c’est terminé (après moi c’est terminé)
Vas-y vai vai vai pour moi (vai)
Vai vai vai pour moi (vai vai)
Vai vai vai pour moi (vai)
Vai vai vai pour moi (vai vai)
Vai, vai, vai vai, vai vai
Vai, vai, vai vai, vai vai

[Refrain]
Ce qu’elle fait là, elle là, elle là (oh my God)
Elle là, elle là, elle là ça me plaît (que rico)
Oh oui ça me plaît (que rico)
Ce qu’elle fait là, elle là, elle là (shit)
Elle là, elle là, elle là ça me plaît (oh oui que rico)
Oh oui ça me plaît (oh oui que rico)

[Pont 2]
Mami danse pour papi
Mami danse pour papi
Un, dos, tres (clap clap)
Un, dos, tres
Oh mami danse pour papi
Mami danse pour papi
Un, dos, tres (clap clap)
Un, dos, tres

[Refrain]
Ce qu’elle fait là, elle là, elle là (oh my God)
Elle là, elle là, elle là ça me plaît (que rico)
Oh oui ça me plaît (que rico)
Ce qu’elle fait là, elle là, elle là (shit)
Elle là, elle là, elle là ça me plaît (oh oui que rico)
Oh oui ça me plaît (oh oui que rico)

Mitchell Tenpenny – Here Lyrics

[Verse 1]
While I’m here
I wanna fix my daddy’s pick up and disappear
Put the pedal to the floor
And the past in the rearview mirror
Just drive
Keep the dream alive
You only get one life

[Chorus]
I’m gonna live it while I’m here
I wanna go too far
I wanna play too hard
I wanna live it up
‘Cause I know I only got so many years
I wanna lose myself in someone else
I wanna feel it all
Do everything I wanna while I’m here

[Verse 2]
While I’m around
I wanna get that piece of mind thing figured out
Find a red-hot honey that won’t go running
If the money runs out
Ooh, and it always runs out
But that ain’t what it’s all about

[Chorus]
So while I’m still around down here
I wanna go too far
I wanna play too hard
I wanna live it up
‘Cause I know I only got so many years
I wanna lose myself in someone else
I wanna feel it all
Do everything I wanna while I’m here

[Bridge]
Tick tock, that clock on the wall
Only goes around so many times
That bump bump thump in your chest
Yeah, it’s only gonna work for a little while
Tick tock, that clock on the wall
Only goes around so many times
That bump bump thump in your chest
Yeah, it’s only gonna work for a little while

[Chorus]
So while I’m still around down here
I wanna go too far (I wanna go too far, yeah)
I wanna play too hard
I wanna live it up
‘Cause I know I only got so many years
I wanna lose myself (Wanna lose myself) in someone else
I wanna feel it all
Do everything I wanna while I’m (Oh, while I’m here)
I wanna go too far (Oh, while I’m here)
I wanna play too hard
I wanna live it up (Oh, while I’m here)
Do everything I wanna while I’m here
I wanna lose myself in someone else
I wanna feel it all
Do everything I wanna while I’m here

Los Betos – A Mi Viejo Lyrics

Ay! señor Diciembre usted me va perdonar
Si al oírme cantar no le parezca el mismo
Comprenda entonces que ya nada es igual

Si al llegar Navidad se añora un ser muy querido
Deme su brisa de estirpe celestial
Para enviarle al más allá, un mensaje a mi viejito…

Ay! que aquí en la tierra yo me muero de pesar
Ý él en el mundo de los sueños sin soñar
Entre mil nubes que me roban los suspiros
Oye mi viejo muchos me han visto llorar
Y el sentimiento Ayer no me dejó contar
Tantos detalles que tuviste tú conmigo

Viejito lindo te adoro y te extraño
Mamá de ti, aún vive enamorada
Viendo tu foto la he visto llorando
Y hablar de ti me estremece hasta el alma

Dime como arrancar de mí, tu risa tierna y feliz
El primer día de mi escuela
Ay! esas cosas no se olvidan, mi viejo
Esas cosas son eternas

Cuando tenías que partir, y por un acto infantil
Mi viejita me pegaba
Tú al escuchar mis querellas, mi viejo
Me abrazabas y llorabas…

Viejito lindo te adoro y te extraño
Mamá de ti, aún vive enamorada
Viendo tu foto la he visto llorando
Y hablar de ti me estrese hasta el alma
Viendo tu foto la he visto llorando
Y hablar de ti me estrese hasta el alma

II
Yo vi a un poeta dibujando a un arrebol

Y las manos de un pintor despetalando un verso
Un arco iris se quedaba sin color
Porque un rayito de sol ya se estaba muriendo
Señor Diciembre no sé si es confusión
O talvez la inspiración que me produce mi viejo

Ay! deme licencia pa ‘seguí hablado con él
Aunque en su estancia no me pueda responder
Pero es preciso que él escuche a su hijo bueno
Oye mi viejo, ya tus nietos están muy bien
Y en nuestras calles se divierten por doquier
Por to’el progreso se pasean por mi pueblo

Contigo di mis primero pininos
Y me hacías chanzas casi sacar cara cara
Viejito lindo yo tampoco olvido
Que tú me guiaste en mis primeras planas

Dime como arrancar de mí, tu risa tierna y feliz
El primer día de mi escuela
Ay! esas cosas no se olvidan, mi viejo
Esas cosas son eternas

Cuando tenías que partir, y por un acto infantil
Mi viejita me pegaba
Tú al escuchar mis querellas, mi viejo
Me abrazabas y llorabas…

Viejito lindo te adoro y te extraño
Mamá de ti, aún vive enamorada
Viendo tu foto la he visto llorando
Y hablar de ti me estrese hasta el alma
Viendo tu foto la he visto llorando
Y hablar de ti me estrese hasta el alma

Everett Champion – Prom Night Lyrics (feat. Kris Kelly)

[Verse 1: Kris Kelly]
f*ck
Pulling up in the prom bus (skrt)
No lean, no double cup (nah)
Just a bunch of rowdy kids turning up (turn up)
Real event, yeah this is us
I don’t give a damn, looking fresh to death
Black suit and tie, looking pink as flesh
Like it goes down my f*cking neck
Want a story? Here’s the rest (rest)
Ready to go like what’s next (next)
Raging like there’s nothing left (left)
More than blessed, I’m feeling blessed (wow)
This ain’t school, this ain’t the test (no test)
Make this night the f*cking best (ya)
People sleeping, ain’t no rest (let’s go!)
f*ck your sleep kid this is net (wow)

[Hook: Everett Champion]
Uh she got work in the morning
Yeah high as hell, yeah she soaring up
She got work in the morning
But that liquor keep on pouring up
Uh, we gon turn shit into a prom night
And she start grinding on sight
Gotta chance, cause I’ve been drinking all night
Alright, we gon turn it to a prom night

[Verse 2: Everett Champion]
Cheer captain, doing gymnastics
And she practice, all up on that mattress
Her fashion got her looking like an actress
Prom night comes, doing splits, no backflips
Everybody wonder what I’m dropping next
Left my prom date, I forgot to text
Highschool, it doesn’t take a lot to flex
Prom night, but we treat it like Project X
Class of ’17, we waited for 4 years
Plug hit me up, you waiting on 4 beers
Toast before cheers, cops wait to enforce fear
Worked my ass off, so of course we’re here
Chain is so opulent
Teachers look in astonishment
Grinding, I’m on top of it
Liquor giving me confidence
Bank account been depositing
Black girl dancing, we opposites
I’ve been a fresh man since freshman, you ain’t been popping since
My intake of girls has been deluxe
CK suit, I’ve been spending bucks
But I just spilled whiskey on my rented tux
Real life, feel like I depend on trust
If you gotta problem than I’m down for the fight
Tell the neighbours it’ll be loud for the night
I got too lit, so I was out like a light
Guess that’s what happens when you’re out for the night

[Hook: Everett Champion]

Uh she got work in the morning
Yeah high as hell, yeah she soaring up
She got work in the morning
But that liquor keep on pouring up
Uh, we gon turn shit into a prom night
And she start grinding on sight
Gotta chance, cause I’ve been drinking all night
Alright, we gon turn it to a prom night

[Verse 3: Kris Kelly]
Bonfires be kickin’ in (kicking up)
Donuts in the Chevy truck (Chevy truck)
Man’s searching for the next bump (next bump)
Stomachs aching, yeah you feel the lump (feel the lump)
Pools of poison, let’s take a dunk (take a dunk)
Green air, ain’t no skunk (no skunk)
Bodies sleeping in the damn trunk (damn trunk)
One night, we don’t give a f*ck (wow)
Silly kids on a thin line (thin line)
Enough drugs to do some real time (real time)
Kids puking man I swear they dying (swear they dying)
Welcome to the jungle bitch no lions (Ahhh)
Hear that roar bitch? Yeah speakers crying (speakers crying)
If you ain’t making noise, start trying (start trying)
Got a tent, but ain’t no hiding (no hiding)
This is prom night, so get excited (wow)

SKIT

KYLE
Aw shit, I don’t feel too good

MAEVE
That just mean’s I’m gonna win!

KYLE
Not if, not if I can do anything about it

KYLE
I mean it man, I’m out, I’m out

MAEVE
Duuude, my parents are gonna kill me

MEGAN
I did it, I won!! Oh shit

[Bridge: Everett Champion & Kris Kelly]
Yo, if you wanna see it all, you gon need a black light
Lines of the white, going up like a flash light
Wow, and I’m reminiscing about last night
If your gonna do it, than you better do it right
Outside the function, looking a like a scary sight
My future like the lighters all here, bright
Weed smoke blowing, got me feeling like a kite
Cops coming and running for my life, alright

SKIT

OLIVER
Oh shit it’s the cops, run!

MEGAN
Oh f*ck, we gotta go, the cops are here man

KYLE
We gotta get the hell outta here

MEGAN
Shit, where’s the door?

KYLE
I don’t know, it’s not my house fam

LUCY
C’mon guys, let’s keep this party going on the beach

Sprite Lee – Underdog Lyrics

[Chorus]
I ride with my niggas I ride with the fetty
And my wrist cold like Yeti
All my shit dropping soon you ain’t ready
This is my whip not no Chevy
I wanna ball until I fall
Ima hang my plaques on all the walls
Hit the bitch from the back I never pause
I’m a beast
I know I’m the underdog
Took that molly raw
I don’t wear no [?]
Bitch you ain’t get no salad tossed
I heard y’all niggas shop at Ross
Bitch I only shop abroad
Bitch I’m in London with the ride
I’m at the palace on the yard

[Verse]
Balling on a budget that’s what I was doing last year
I then broke the bank they had to fire the cashier
I got all these white hoes sipping on belvedere
Took a flight to Tampa nigga I feel like a Buccaneer
[?] west coast
I support the animals so I don’t wear no fur
I know I’m the realist nigga coming out the ‘burgh

All my goons got a mask yeah we finna purge
I got all this money I don’t need no friends
Pull up Benji franks You got Abe Lincolns
I been road running with my nigga that my kin
Then I bought some more drip
Boy do you sink or swim

[Chorus]
I ride with my niggas I ride with the fetty
And my wrist cold like Yeti
All my shit dropping soon you ain’t ready
This is my whip not no Chevy
I wanna ball until I fall
Ima hang my plaques on all the walls
Hit the bitch from the back I never pause
I’m a beast
I know I’m the underdog
Took that molly raw
I don’t wear no [?]
Bitch you ain’t get no salad tossed
I heard y’all niggas shop at Ross
Bitch I only shop abroad
Bitch I’m in London with the ride
I’m at the palace on the yard

Musta Valo – Talo On Musta Lyrics

Missä sä näät itsesi
Viidensadan vuoden päästä?

Kysyt: missä sä näät meidät
Onko meillä yhteinen elämä
Vai tarvitsenko vieläkin
Jotain itsenäisyyttää

Kerrot unelmiesi talosta
Ja mä kuvittelen sut ja puutarhan
Hoidat siellä kukkia ja mä auon päätä vieressä
Kun en erota rododendronia ruusuista

Se talo on musta
Se talo on musta
Se sun talo on musta
Ja mustat orvokit ikkunalaudoilla

Missä sä näät meidät
Viidentuhannen vuoden päästä?

Se talo on musta
Se talo on musta
Se talo on musta
Ja mustat orvokit ikkunalaudoilla

Se talo on musta
Minusta se kuulostaa kuolemalta
Mut sä sanot et se on kaunista

Se talo on musta
Se talo on musta
Se talo on musta
Se talo on musta

Ballyhoo! – Cerveza Lyrics

It’s about that time again
So pack your bags and get ready
Hittin’ the road with the best of friends
And you know that you’re gonna rocksteady
Ain’t gotta listen to your teacher when
You’re gettin’ wasted by the beach again
You got Ballyhoo! pumpin’ in your stereo
This is the summer jam so, here we go

Jump out line and start to unwind
Before you gotta get back to the grind and
Don’t waste a minute of your summertime
Sing it one more time!

Jump out line and start to unwind

Before you gotta get back to the grind and
Don’t waste a minute of your summertime
Carona and a lime

Let’s go talk to pretty girls again
I know this time we’ll get lucky
There must something ’bout the ocean air
That makes them all act so slutty
Somebody broke into the weed again
Big d did sixty seconds up on the keg stand
Invite a thousand people up to the hotel
We’ll never get in trouble but go straight to hell

Meliah Rage – Dreamer Lyrics

Dreamer, dreamer tell me my dreams
Dreamer, dreamer bring it unto me
Maybe, maybe riches bestowed
Maybe, maybe eternity I’ll know
Stars cry they dim before him
True lies you never can disguise
Bow down fall to your knees
Nightmares are all that you can see

Tell me of your sleepless nights
And bring them into light
A dreamer with the gift
The vivid robe, destiny told
Envious kin, deceitful men, you’re sold

Visions, visions, I’m close to the edge
Visions, visions, fill my crowded head
Tell men, tell them, I serve You alone
Tell them, tell men, my faith is strong as stone
Servant Potiphar’s to be
Entrusted everything to Him
Betrayed accused and locked away

Hopeless with faith He claims the day

Tell me of your sleepless nights
And bring them into light
A dreamer with the gift
The vivid robe, destiny told
Envious kin, deceitful men, you’re sold

Dreamer, dreamer, Pharaoh’s number two
Dreamer, dreamer, Egypt bows to you
Brother, brother, kneel before my throne
Brothers, brothers, my brothers I’m your own
Righteous power not his own
Sufficient grace redeems alone
Restored a father’s son again
Forgiveness now is cast today

Tell me of your sleepless nights
And bring them into light
A dreamer with the gift
The vivid robe, destiny told
Envious kin, deceitful men, you’re sold

Lu & Robertinho – Contagem Regressiva Lyrics

Too much light in this window
Don’t wake me up
Only coffee no sugar inside my cup
Too much light in this window
Don’t wake me up
Only coffee no sugar inside my cup
If I wake and u here still gimme a kiss
I was in this dreamin about to lips

Don’t wake me up, up, up, up, up
Don’t wake me up, up, up, up, up
Don’t wake me up, up, up, up, up
Don’t wake me up
Don’t wake me
Don’t wake me up
Don’t wake me up

Meu amor
Olha no relógio como o tempo está passando
O sol brilhando, aos poucos vai se afastando
A ligação falhando, quase não te ouço mais
No celular

Meu amor
Olha só o que estão falando na TV
Preciso te encontrar antes de anoitecer
Pra te contar os meus segredos
Olhar em seus olhos
E te abraçar

Se o mundo acabar, eu vou estar contigo

Não precisa chorar, pode contar comigo
Não tenha medo, sempre estarei ao seu lado
A te proteger

Um minuto bem vivido vale uma vida
Aperta a minha mão, contagem regressiva
Mata meu desejo, só quero fazer
Amor com você

Seja o que Deus quiser
Em vez da gente chorar, nós vamos sorrir
Em vez da gente sofrer, nós vamos curtir
Tudo tem um fim, mas pode acreditar
O meu amor por você nunca vai acabar

Em vez da gente chorar, nós vamos sorrir
Em vez da gente sofrer, nós vamos curtir
Tudo tem um fim, mas pode acreditar
O meu amor por você nunca vai acabar

Don’t wake me up
Don’t wake me up
Don’t wake me up
Don’t wake me up, up, up, up, up
Don’t wake me up
Don’t wake me

Garrett Kato – River Mouth Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Pay my respects to those kings and queens
Forgive what they say, don’t mean a thing
Pay my respects to the ones that need
Who lost themselves out there in the deep
Like the rest of us only we can’t see

[Chorus]
So lay me down in the river mouth
So I can lay my soul down there
And I don’t care if I won’t be found
Just lay me down in the river
The river mouth, yeah

[Verse 2]
Pay my respects to the ones I love
Who held the cards but never called my bluff
And pay my respects to my enemies
For they made me who I’m meant to be

Like the storm that shook the ship at sea

[Chorus]
So lay me down in the river mouth
So I can lay my soul down there
And I don’t care if I won’t be found
Just lay me down in the river
The river mouth, oh
(Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
So lay me down in the river mouth
So I can lay my soul down there
And I don’t care if I won’t be found
Just lay me down in the river
So lay me down in the river mouth
So I can lay my soul down there
And I don’t care if I won’t be found
Just lay me down in the river
The river mouth, yeah

Stevie Crooks – Monte Cristo Lyrics

[Verse 1]
The fresh prince of Bel Air with golden plated chairs
Marble floors, glass doors, corkscrew stairs
Sturgeon Caviar with the skinny tie
Roman pillar, Scarface tubs, “fly pelican fly”
A saint can see I’m one hell of a guy
Can’t wait to see my niggas on, so givin’ up never will I
Test drive in the ‘Rrari how that pedal will glide
Through the old streets I learned to ride a bike on
Dolomite, I keep my game strong
Darryl Dawkins rim killer
You playas talking but notice that its “game on”
Blade drawn… the count of Monte Cristo
Revenge is better served cold, look at the wrist though
Princess cutteries, lovely precise with the dia-mond
Chain dance like Ciara, but life from Leone
Motel hideouts windows with red neon
Sin city scenery, the streets done got a piece of me
Took away the peace in me, so I took the piece to eat
The only way I know, stick up kid with the flow
Gimme… Your ears, eyes and soul
Take a dip in this richess… Fasho

[Hook]

[Verse 2]
(Yeah, we still on nigga)
The cashmere killer
Violins and vanilla
River full of liquor
Luchini pourin’ out the picture
Bars from California
To foreign bars in Barcelona
Park the Lotus, f*ck a chauffeur
Runnin’ every hater over
Momma made a soldier
Not afraid to pull from out the holster
La Cosa Nostra hustle like he Sosa
Alpo on the kawasaki, wheelie with the toaster
Sittin’ on my balcony pettin’ my pet vulture
Robe like I’m Ghost Dog
Or Ali from the shoulder throwin’ ghost punches
Lights out, it’s game over
Y’all so pathetic, wastin’ time comparin’
While my verses be preparin’ me to watch a new McLaren
It’s the future that I’m sharin’, but my present’s not far
Look at me I’ll be a star, this is not about a car
This is ’bout a gift from God
Look at me shinin’
With twins in the hallway… Drinkin’ Jack, I am
Not y’all… word