Pandemic – 1918 to 2020

April 14

My caregiver Danny Chang and I left Garden Crest April 1st to the Promenade because of a virus in Garden Crest. We had to stay there 14 days to determine if the coronavirus developed. On April 14, we were free of the virus.

Circumstances today are different from the pandemic influenza of 1918. With the knowledge gained from that experience, precautions can be taken to mitigate its destructive effects. The coronavirus is highly contagious and is easily passed on by close contact of people.

Our President Donald Trump poo-pooed its existence and declared it a hoax. Finally convinced by its reality, he issued presidential edicts, safeguards, etc. prohibiting all public events, asking people to stay home and avoid close contact of under six feet, and wear face masks. Despite all precautions, people are falling victim to the coronavirus and hospitals are quickly overloaded. Large gatherings were declared illegal.

At this time, our country is suffering a pandemic of enormous proportions. No one knows how long it will last or the human and monetary costs.

What a mess. It has never happened before in human history. It is being played out and we will have to wait and see.


(Morrie Markoff was born in 1914. From his memoir “Keep Breathing” available from and other online booksellers – “I was born, with no certainty, on Jan. 11, 1914. There are no baptismal or hospital records. My mother, Rose, gave birth to me with only a midwife and neighbor attending, in a tenement building at 330 E. 101st, in East Harlem New York City.”)

Author: Morrie Markoff

Centenarian (born in 1914) who lives in Los Angeles, and is also a metal sculpture artist and the Author of "Keep Breathing," available on and other book seller sites.