Light Traffic, Short Restaurant Lines Among Perks of the Pandemic

March 13, 2020

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Can there possibly be a silver lining to a viral outbreak that's claimed the lives of thousands of people worldwide? Sure! Writing about the "perks of the pandemic," Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez marvels at his newfound ability to whiz around the roads of one of America's most traffic-congested areas in his car. Then there are the shorter-than-usual waits at popular takeout counters. "At 11:30 a.m., in Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles, I counted just seven people in line at Eggslut," he writes. "This is bigger news than the stock-market crash. The coronavirus may be scary, but there are upsides, it seems."