Writer’s Block: The Lethal Coronavirus Symptom No One’s Telling You About

Benjamin Thompson

I’ll just cut to the chase. I’ve been wanting to do a lot more writing over this quarantine break we have on our hands. But… I’ve had this thing called writer’s block. And this time, it’s different. It’s because of the coronavirus.


For those who still haven’t gotten the news, the recent outbreak of “COVID-19”, a.k.a. the “coronavirus” has led many country leaders, including our own, and even our state leaders to make the difficult decision to cancel practically everything in our country, due to the effects this virus has had so far in other places around the world.


The virus itself affects the respiratory system, referring to the lungs and oxygen transfer, and has the most severe symptoms being shown in people with weakened immune systems. This will probably be the only time in my life where I’ll say that you should avoid your younger and/or older relatives. And don’t even get me started on if your wife is pregnant. This virus is extremely contagious too and for these people, it can be lethal.


But despite not being particularly vulnerable, there’s another symptom of the coronavirus that I have a very bad case of these days. Good ol’ writer’s block. I’m willing to bet that many of us have this and haven’t even thought about it. Yes, us. Who is us? Oh, you know… just the entire staff of the Eagle Editorial website.


The problem starts in that the coronavirus has caused mass panic around the globe, or at least that’s what it feels like. Governments around the globe are wanting to prevent the spread of the virus that was first spotted in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread “like syrup over pancakes”. (Thanks, Mom.) It has spread not only across people, but across the news, the Internet, and quite literally our ways of life as we know it.


Because of this, there have been thousands of events, small businesses, gatherings, you name it, canceled or closed in the upcoming months and beyond. This is where the writer’s block comes in: we have to go to events every now and then and write about them and take pictures, right? How in the world are we supposed to do that if it seems like life itself just shut down entirely?


For the last week or so I’ve been quarantined at home because Ohio governor Mike DeWine recently ordered all schools in the state to “temporarily” close down because this “Covid” guy can’t get a hold of himself. I am fortunate to be able to say that, unlike the stereotypical teenager, I love being at home all day doing nothing, but I did quickly learn that there are not many exciting things that happen here. Even if the online education system is good college preparation for a senior like me, it means that there’s nothing to write about, and the things we can write about are, ahem, blocked off for the time being.


I started asking myself, “What should I write about? Should I write about video games? Should I write about my dog going outside? Should I write about cleaning my room? Oh, I’ve got it: unloading the dishwasher. Yeah, that’ll get the gears spinning.” The award-winning activities taking place in the Thompson house include streaming Netflix movies, working on 550 piece puzzles in the dining room, posting things on Facebook, doing laundry, playing board games, and watching my pet tortoise waddle across the floor in the loft. I highly doubt the world wants to hear about my brother moving home from college, after all. Or maybe my sister missing her Italian spring break vacation.


This has caused a case of writer’s block to set in that I haven’t felt in quite some time. It’s weird to think that if the world around me shuts down, my brain shuts down alongside it all. Perhaps I’ll write another article once I come up with something to write about…