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The Collins Dictionary describes a virus as consisting of 'a single nucleic acid surrounded by a protein coat and capable of replication only within the cells of animals and plants.'
It comes over me in waves, so by the end of the afternoon, trying to convince myself that I'm on the mend, I take a walk, zombie-like, to the corner shop. A sunburst behind clouds and rapids on the river are all that I take in on my walk.
There are sparrows at the bird table, but they'll have to make do with what's left. They won't get fed today.