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Scoot: Do not block out the negative and repetitive messages about COVID-19

March 26, 2020 - 1:01 pm

There is a point where we shut out negative and repetitive messages. The daily barrage of negative information about the continued spread of the coronavirus may seem repetitive - but we cannot block it out.

One of the most difficult aspects of this crisis is the harsh reality that we are asked to continue to follow the rules of the stay-at-home orders and practice social distancing while we all watch the number of cases and deaths rise dramatically, both locally and nationally.

Human nature expects an immediate reward for sacrifice - but in the case of the coronavirus crisis - we must fight our instinctive demand for instant gratification and remain vigilant in our personal fight against this virus.

As we watch the number shoot up, we may get discouraged - but if we don’t continue to do what we are doing now then we cannot expect to slow the spread. And this crisis is not expected to end abruptly. When the spread slows there will come a time when we are told it is okay to leave home and re-open businesses - but I’m certain the go-ahead to return to normal life will include a cautious warning to maintain some degree of social distancing.

Health experts also expect COVID-19 to fade only to return next flu season. However, as a population - our bodies will be much better prepared to fight off the disease and perhaps a vaccine will be available for the next flu season.

In the beginning - the warnings about washing hands for at least 20 seconds, using hand sanitizer and covering coughs and sneezes were a new challenge for Americans - but as time passes and the mandates remain the same - there could be a general relaxing of the adherence to the new rules.

“We are all in this together” is another phrase that must be repeated daily, and it must not be taken lightly. Our city, our state and our country are a collection of individuals; and we can be no better than the actions of each individual.

If every there was a time to feel like everyone matters - this is that time.

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