This Is Us

This Virus Exposes Our World as It Really Is

When the tide recedes, the ruins, the rocks, and the pearls are revealed

Hannah Jones
Human Parts
Published in
8 min readMay 3, 2020
A photo of a man standing in a sphere desert.
Photo: Paolo Carnassale/Getty Images

One day at the Oregon beach, the kids were small, and we were flying kites while the dog chased seagull shadows along the sand. The sun was shining. Suddenly, a siren began to wail, screaming along the entire beach. The…