The Coronavirus Chronicle


todayMay 1, 2020


We are facing one of the biggest global health threats in decades which has led governments around the world to shut down daily life. But how is the race to contain COVID-19 affecting the people it’s meant to protect here in Berlin?

Joel Morton, 61, is an American transplant to Berlin. He lives in the Bötzowviertel, teaches English and edits manuscripts. Having moved here for love, the former Bostonian hasn’t let social distancing stop him from connecting with his ice cream-loving neighbors, one number at a time. Find out more below.


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“I play and sing and if the people hear me it’s usually the children, who look up and smile and they like it, so that makes me feel really good.”

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Written by: monika.mueller.kroll

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