A New Yorker's open letter to anyone asking: "Are you OK?"

“Are you okay?” and “How are you holding up?” are common questions from friends and family residing in other states and abroad. Honesty would mean confessing to binge drinking and replacing my plant-based diet with pepperoni pizza. I could joke about my hair or how “street style” now borders on pajamas. “I’m fine,” I reply, instead. It’s not like New York is on fire. Overnight, social distancing measures were immortalized into law. Sneezes are treated like fatal bite marks in zombie movies –

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