As healthcare experts and county officials suggest that the second surge of COVID-19 approaches and folks start getting the jitters, there are some bright spots even so.
Remember the spring initial invasion by the pandemic when jokes were made about hands growing scales from handwashing and the hoarding of sanitizers and toilet paper? We’ve gone way past that time and have earned the status of “veteran.” But like any vet returning to the frontline, we as individuals and business are much better prepared for the duo-slam of COVID-19 and the 2020 flu. Like for instance:
- There won’t be the panic to get masks. It almost seems like people have actually created wardrobes of the face coverings. If anything, it seems strange to see people with naked faces.
- Manufacturers and businesses like grocery stores and pharmacies are probably already ramping up for essentials that had proved to be scarce months ago.
- Amazon and other delivery operations are geared to provide for clients.
- Businesses have learn to adapt to remote working.
- As awkward as it may be, Zoom get-togethers have helped provide the means to conduct business. Imagine how we would have weathered the pandemic without the Internet.
- Schools and healthcare groups are ramping up for various developments. With your support, they will be on the frontline for students and patients.
On the other hand, the social media grousing and rumor-mongering could be as harmful as the virus itself. Despite the plight of those suffering from last October’s tornado, North Texans have not been slammed by the 2020 hurricane season nor the fires blazing in California and Colorado. Let’s be grateful for the small blessing that others only wish they had.
Suggestion: Take a deep breath (with a mask if you’re in a crowd) and understand that the pandemic can only succeed if we throw out the welcome mat. Even if you don’t want to get a flu shot, wear a mask. Viruses only hit a home run if they find an opening in that adorably cute face of yours.