Yes, many of us are confined to our homes for the sake of public safety, with health officials uncertain how long the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) will last as a global health emergency and a historic pandemic. On the bright side, over 80% of people who contract the virus experience "mild" symptoms and recover on their own, and the virus has a global mortality rate of 3.4%. Still, the virus affects the immunocompromised, the elderly, and individuals with pre-existing respiratory conditions, so for the sake of not killing someone's grandparent or any of the 23 million Americans who have autoimmune diseases, stay home.
Even while we stock up on water and canned goods and MacGyver ourselves some DIY hand sanitizer, don't forget to refresh your book collection with an assortment of good reads. From eerily prescient tales about dystopian futures to long inter-generational novels about epic family dramas, these are our book recommendations for your quarantine.
When you start to feel stir crazy, take solace in the fact that you're probably quarantined within your own home–or at least not a 1960s psych ward. Ken Kesey's 1962 classic captures the frustration of an individual fighting against institutional authority beyond his control.