Enter Covid: When MIT froze

“You know the CDC says that masks aren’t effective, right?” I prodded.

Ignoring my question, my lab mate gathered his things from his desk and prepared to leave the office for good. He gave me an exasperated look from behind his mask as he went out the door. He would be working from home from now on.

It was the morning of March 9th, 2020, and the Coronavirus still seemed far, far away from MIT, my lasers, and the undergrads I live with as a Graduate Resident Advisor (GRA) in Maseeh Hall.