The more he watched TV and scanned social media, the more paranoid he became.
“Cover your mouth,” he said to strangers who coughed or sneezed within earshot.
Whenever he chose to leave his house, that is.
“You’ve got to get out,” his wife told him.
“Are you crazy?” he said. “It’s a jungle out there.”
“Ten new cases of the virus have been confirmed,” said the announcer on TV.
He couldn’t take it. He turned off the TV, poured himself a drink and went outside for a smoke.