Mary Schmich: One measure of COVID-19: Almost every living American has had a pandemic birthday

By the time this is all over, every American will have celebrated at least one pandemic birthday. A friend made that comment the other day and it’s an obvious thought, really. Anyone who has had a birthday since March 11, 2020 — the day the World Health Organization declared the pandemic — has celebrated a pandemic birthday, and given that we’re far from the end of this ordeal, it’s evident that every person who survives the next few weeks will. Still, the comment was startling. What a strange, universal experience the pandemic birthday has been, what a curious measure of this rare moment, eve…

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