This is when it starts getting tougher. When we really need to dig in.
For more than a week now, our lives have been turned upside down by the coronavirus. We are not able to eat in restaurants, go to the movies, get a hair cut, attend church services, hold wedding receptions or attend funeral visitations.
The numbers this pandemic is ringing up are horrifying:
• Millions of Americans have been living under some form of lockdown.
• The United States now has the most known cases of coronavirus in the world with more than 82,000.
• A record 3.3 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits, being sent home because their jobs are deemed “non-essential,” their employers fear for their safety, or slowdowns in the economy have seen the demand for their products diminished.
We want it to end. We need it to end. Those who have been cooped in their homes want to get out. Those who have been working want a break.
However, in the words of former President Ronald Reagan, we need to “stay the course.”
If you’re not working, stay at home.
Continue to avoid large gatherings.
And remember, the virus plays no favorites. Among those testing positive are British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Prince Charles, actor Tom Hanks, politician Rand Paul, football coach Sean Payton, basketball star Kevin Durant and Sophie Trudeau, the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
While we may yearn for a clear timeline telling us when life will return to normal, scientists are reluctant to predict exactly when restrictions could be safely loosened. According to the Associated Press, the closest hint provided by most scientists is based on what they’ve observed in China — the first country struck by the coronavirus. It speculates some relief could come approximately 1½ to 2 months after lockdowns are implemented. That is based on the assumption that cases could peak two or three weeks after lockdowns begin and gradually decline for the next two or three weeks.
This doesn’t mean we’ll be stuck in total lockdowns until then.
“We can’t simply wait inside for two years for a COVID-19 vaccine” to be developed, Stephen Morse, a disease researcher at Columbia University, told the Associated Press. “We have to find some way to return to normal life.”
That’s the goal.
For now, though, there is one favor you can do for those healthcare workers worldwide who are putting themselves at risk as they try to protect the populace: Stay the course; stay home.