Sign up to get our new weekly column as a newsletter. We’re looking back at the strongest, smartest opinion takes of the week from CNN and other outlets. (CNN)Deserted streets. Empty stores and restaurants. Canceled birthday parties, weddings and graduation ceremonies. Hospitals bracing for a wave of patients needing care. At moments this week, it felt like we were living in a sci-fi novel — and not a hopeful one.But this wasn’t Stephen King. It was reality in America — “social distancing” to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus. And it may take weeks before we know how well it works.King wrote a chilling fantasy about life in a post-pandemic world back in 1978, “The Stand.” Earlier this month, he commented, reassuringly, on Twitter: “No, coronavirus is NOT like THE STAND. It’s not anywhere near as serious. It’s eminently survivable. Keep calm and take all reasonable precautions.” Still, the door-stopper of a book contains some wisdom that could guide us. One of its characters reflects, “Love didn’t grow very well in a place where there was only fear, just as plants didn’t grow very well in a place where it was always dark.”Poet Tess Taylor, who is sheltering in


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