Rolling with the punches of Coronavirus together

FROM STAFF REPORTS / Editorial 

As restaurants move to takeout only, businesses shut their doors, adults work from home and kids curiously wonder what is happening while enjoying a lengthy break from school, we’re all just rolling with the punches.

As a country, we’ve experienced war, we’ve experienced other viruses, we’ve experienced economic downturns, but with the spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, we’re all experiencing something we’ve never been through in our lives.

It’s a time of uncertainty for us all.

Whether we’re stressed about getting sick, losing our jobs, affording rent or keeping our kids from running up a wall during a time of social quarantine, we’re all in this together.

That’s what makes this virus different than anything else. We’ve all been split on politics, economics, wars and other impactful events in the past, but I think it’s safe to say, this is virus we all want to squash like the bug that it is.

It doesn’t just impact the sick, although their health and flattening the curve of the virus is the number one concern, it also impacts the everyday lives of each and every one of us.

Healthcare workers are putting their lives on the line, first responders are putting their lives on the line, children aren’t being educated, we’re being forced to work from home and watch kids at the same time, employees are being fired because companies can’t afford to pay them, we’re scared to go to the grocery store or shop at all and we’re having to socially distance ourselves from those outside of our household.

If you aren’t impacted by this, then you are part of the reason it is spreading like it is.

But one of the positives is that we are all experiencing this pandemic together for the first time.

A lot of us may be letting it impact our mental health and stress level, but you aren’t alone.

While we argue more than we agree throughout the world, this is something that brings us together. We are all praying and wishing for COVID-19 to dissipate. We’re not just praying for one person, we’re praying for our city, our county, our state, our country and the world.

It’s devastating, but at the same time, we’re all together in the battle against it, and that is a powerful force.

Right now, we’re all just rolling with the punches. We don’t know what’s next and we’re not sure when it will end.

What we do know, is that if we come together, practice social distancing and stay home unless it’s absolutely necessary that you leave, we’ll get through this just like we do everything else.

If we do what we’re supposed to in this trying time, there is nothing to fear.