By Beverly Gadson-Birch
I do not know about you, but I need to take a break from the news. As the country opens back up for business, folks are already letting their guard down. They are not wearing masks and practicing social distancing in public places. It is good some restrictions are being lifted, but shoppers beware! Restaurant regulars, beware! Until there is more affirmative controlled information regarding the virus, continue to practice safe distancing and wear masks. My people, my people, do not fall for the quick return to business as usual. The world may never return to business as usual. Now is not a good time to go on a shopping spree. It is a good time to put aside a few dollars because there will be more rainy days ahead. The costs of goods have skyrocketed. Grocery stores are putting a limit on meats. Alcohol, toilet paper, hand towels, disinfect and hand wipes are still hard to come by. It is not certain how long the virus will cut a death path around the world and limit mobility.
Funeral homes are one of the greatest benefactors from the virus. Graveside homegoing services are in. Hospital and nursing homes have restricted family visits. Love ones are dying alone. Social distancing and face masks are the new normal. The number of confirmed cases and deaths from the virus continues to rise which is unsettling. The US death toll is an astounding 80,000.
At the onset of Covid-19, the public was told that children and blacks were less likely to contract the virus. That premise has proven untrue. There is a certain amount of mystery surrounding the origin of the virus, long term effect, re-infection and remedy. Several children died in New York with what doctors are describing as closely related to the Covid virus. Children are showing up in hospitals with outbreaks similar to Kawasaki Disease. Kawasaki Disease involves inflammation of the heart and blood vessels in children up to age five and primarily among boys. According to New York City Mayor, De Blasio, thirty-eight children have been diagnosed and several deaths.
While we are being held captive to news and briefings day in and day out regarding the virus, take some time to exhale. It is a good time to catch up on some of the things you have put on hold. Check on relatives that may live alone. Go for walks. Read!
Do not forget upcoming local elections!! You can vote in-person or absentee ballot. This country cannot afford four more years of nonsense. America has become the laughingstock of the world. How did America move from a country of prominence to one of dominance. It is time for a change from the White House to the State House.
In challenging time, we look for leadership. We look for assurance that we will come out of the pandemic together and with fewer casualties. We look for leadership that will chart the course for a resurgence of the economy. If all we have to look up to is a President that believes the intake of bleach and Lysol will cure the virus, we are in big trouble. We need leadership that will move this country forward. We need elected officials that are not afraid to stand up and confront wrong head on.
We can beat this virus if we just hold on. Do not be overtaken by the negatives but concentrate on the positives. There will be better days ahead.