In the densely apartment-laden West End of Vancouver where I live, a ritual erupts every night at 7 o’clock, when for between three and five minutes people open their windows, go to their balconies, or congregate at a safe distance on the rooftops of their buildings. Why? To make a lot of noise.
Some clap, others shout. Many just bang kitchen pots and pans. Some even bring loudspeakers and drums and beat out a rhythm.
A novel virus needed a novel ritual.
Dr. Christopher E. De Bono is Vice President of Mission, People and Ethics for Providence Health Care.
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