Reflections on life under lockdown from the world’s COVID-19 capital

Photograph: Richard Drury — Getty Images

Brooklyn, NY — A few days back I caught myself feeling and behaving as though I’d just stepped off the set of The Walking Dead. A necessary but potentially lethal grocery run. Stealth mode. Backpack tightly on my back, hyperaware of my surroundings, baseball cap on; taking cautious (not paranoid) inventory of every sneeze, every cough not ejected into a…