These are frightening times. We’re entering into unchartered waters. Despite all of our state-of-the-art medical knowledge, facilities and equipment, the novel coronavirus could well stretch our doctors, nurses and hospital staff to the brink. Yes, as President Trump said, we’re fighting an invisible killer. 

What is perhaps most disconcerting about the whole pandemic is the lack of knowledge about the virus. As is always the case in this day and age of the Internet, lack of knowledge is coupled with information that is being passed around on social media, just about as rampantly as the virus itself. 

One such post suggested that in order to know if you have the virus, if you can hold your breath for more than 10 seconds “without discomfort, stiffness or tightness, there is no fibrosis in the lungs” and that this “basically indicates no infection.” That doesn’t seem like valid science but if it gives someone some sense of comfort, then hold by all means, hold your breath. 

Parents are now faced with being homeschoolers and those who have access to Internet are switching to virtual means of education and entertainment. This of course, invites surfing Facebook and reading about the ramifications of the pandemic which adds to the underlying sense of fear and panic.

It seems no question now with everything closing, albeit temporarily, that a lot of people will lose their jobs. There’s some hope that some relief will come through stimulus check(s), but will that be enough? We can only hope. It’s hard to believe that social distancing for two weeks will be the magic bullet to stop this virus in its tracks. There have been valid tests that seem to indicate that the virus can only live for so long on various surfaces, but there’s still so much unknown.

It’d be nice to be able to turn back the clock to just a week when children were in school, restaurants and bars were open for business and our economy was moving along at a good clip. We can’t do that so we’ll have to adapt as best we can. If you don’t want to cook, call in an order to a local restaurant and be patient, they’re adapting to this new normal too. We’re not in a food shortage – it’s still hard to understand why there was mass buying of toilet paper, but grocery stores are slowly restocking their shelves. Be considerate and don’t overbuy if something’s on the shelf. Leave some for the next person.

We’ll get through this and hopefully it’ll make us stronger as a community.

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