I. Aisha S. Ahmad has a piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education with advice for how to think about and deal with this crisis.
She is a professor of political science who has lived on multiple occasions in hot spots and in places and times of long-running crisis. Her advice is aimed at academic colleagues, but it is applicable to anyone.
First a hard truth (emphasis added):
For the tl;dr, Jason Kottke excerpts some of the choice bits from Dr. Ahmed’s piece.
This piece is an interview with one who may be our foremost expert on grief, David Kessler, co-author with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross of On Grief and Grieving.
He says we are dealing now with multiple levels of grief: grief for “the loss of normalcy; the fear of economic toll; the loss of connection”; and a more pervasive and amorphous “anticipatory grief”:
Naming it is the beginning of gaining power over the feeling.