The howling: Americans let it out from depths of pandemic

Colorado governor encourages residents to howl together as a bonding experience during coronavirus crisis.


National News

April 10, 2020 - 2:47 PM

In Colorado, residents are encouraged to participate in a nightly howl as a primal affirmation and show of support. Photo by FLICKR

DENVER (AP) — It starts with a few people letting loose with some tentative yelps. Then neighbors emerge from their homes and join, forming a roiling chorus of howls and screams that pierces the twilight to end another day’s monotonous forced isolation.

From California to Colorado to Georgia and upstate New York, Americans are taking a moment each night at 8 p.m. to howl in a quickly spreading ritual that has become a wrenching response of a society cut off from one another by the coronavirus pandemic.

They howl to thank the nation’s health care workers and first responders for their selfless sacrifices, much like the balcony applause and singing in Italy and Spain. Others do it to reduce their pain, isolation and frustration. Some have other reasons, such as to show support for the homeless. 

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