1761. Off the phone

Peter reckoned he picked up the coronavirus from the telephone while he was speaking to his grandmother. She had the coronavirus and he talked to her on the landline. She always phoned on the landline even though he had his own phone.

And now he had caught the virus off the phone. His mother had said, “Don’t be silly. You can’t catch the virus by talking to grandma on the phone. Look at me! I phone grandma every morning and I’m perfectly well. Although I’ve had a slightly sore throat these last few days.”

At grandma’s funeral, Peter’s mother gave the coronavirus to every mourner she kissed – whether she had put droplets into their telephone receiver or not.

18 thoughts on “1761. Off the phone

      1. umashankar

        They occupy the threshold of the living and the inanimate. They are the simplest of quasi-life-forms. They could be the place to begin with. Perhaps they are already doing that, using the living as highly sophisticated machines.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Brilliant. As far as I know no government anywhere in the world has mentioned kalamazoos. (My posting today – not until 7 am New Zealand time – was inspired by one of your stories a while back).



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