Immunocompromised Man Learns COVID Is Over!

A head shot of a dark-skinned male-appearing person standing against bright pink, blue and white background. His face looks skeptical, one eye squinted and eyebrow looking down, another eyebrow raised. He is grinning with a pinch of sadness.

In this satirical short news story, Daniel Downer, 35, who has an autoimmune disease shared by 50 million Americans, expresses his sense of helplessness and bitter irony as he learns from the news that the pandemic is declared “over” by the officials.

“I guess I don’t really have a choice,” Downer shrugged. “I’ll probably just keep wearing masks and getting boosted until COVID-19 isn’t one of the top five leading causes of death. Actually I think they stopped counting a while ago, so that’s … neat.”

                                                                                  —Sasha Kurlenkova