Good News? Depends…
You know the bad news. We need to understand this; there is no cure, only control. Sheltering, physical distancing, 18 months from now a vaccine (hopefully) & eventually herd immunity. That’s not easy to hear.
Opening back up America? We’re not ready.
The next two years, at least, will be different and challenging. This is a dangerous virus that baffles both science and nature. It’s 21% different than SARS, and exponentially more contagious. It affects people differently and we don’t yet know why. We don’t understand its origins, its methods, or its timetable. So how can we begin to create a public policy? We won’t have baseball or football, or any major sports without again risking a spike in the number of infections and deaths. And that’s where leadership matters.
Trump is an ineffective human being, much less a world leader. The message to Americans, and the world for that matter, is simple; be safe, be patient, and realize that amidst all of these unknowns is a valuable lesson.
The veneer of civilization is very thin. (Watch people drive in a snowstorm, or stomp one another at a WalMart on Black Friday.) And life is very fragile. But the spirit? Well, that’s what’s about to be tested. We can use this time to binge Netflix, or maybe instead, educate ourselves. Instead of Will Ferrel, and I love Will, maybe instead read “Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague,” by Geraldine Brooks. Or “The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History.” Both books are less about plagues and more about the people who rose to the occasion.
The good news is yet to be written, but ready to be lived. We can rise above the night and shine in this sudden, yet not so unexpected twist. We’ve done it before; we’ll do it again.