Comic relief isn't an antidote for the disease that lacks one, but is a reminder that silliness survives as life groans on.
Halloween quips fly now that face masks are as common as earbuds and Detroit Tigers caps:
Nope, but everyone will be wearing the same mask.— Rick Bailey STFU (@lacomedywriter) May 3, 2020
"Let me guess...another hospital orderly in scrubs. Here's a Snickers."
In another reply, Mark Nelson of New York tells Nocera: "Real life became Halloween.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer opens the way for funny business with six color-changing stages for restarting activities and businesses -- which one of our Twitter followers, J.D. (@TheSmak), calls "the Michigan mood ring."
First-term state Sen. Mallory McMorrow, D-Royal Oak, endorses the governor's "Safe Start" plan by posting the gif at right with this tweet: "We need a pandemic Smokey the Bear mascot. 'Only YOU can prevent coronavirus spread and get to Phase 4.'"
An admiring new nickname for Whitmer zips onto shirts as fast as an instant meme:
From Lansing, an MLive news service reporter tweets frankly and amusingly:
I’m at the “ordered a stroller for my cat so I don’t have to go on walks alone” level of quarantine.— Emily Lawler (@emilyjanelawler) May 3, 2020
Lastly, the mail-order novelties at right show how Texas baker Haley Callaway of Haley Cakes and Cookies in Austin turns the bitterness of 2020 into sweet treats.