At this point, most of us are likely on information overload. We are bombarded by news about the coronavirus: the mounting number of infections and deaths; the limitations put on our lifestyle; all the uncertainty. It’s not just information that causes stress, it’s the helplessness. What do we do? What can we do? What is in the best interest of the health and welfare of ourselves, our families, our colleagues, and our community? It is overwhelming.
I am an engineer by training, so I appreciate how this crisis is about math and science. It comes down to an equation and, unfortunately, there are people on both sides of the equation. The numbers of infections and the rising death toll increase exponentially. It is a fact. We have seen those numbers coming out of China, out of Italy, out of Spain. And now the numbers are increasing exponentially here in the U.S.
You have heard of flattening the curve. That is math. That is science. It is not opinion. It is not speculation. Over the last couple of weeks, I have been called out by people for my forthrightness, not just about washing our hands and surfaces, but by staying away from each other. Certainly my position has evolved over the last few weeks, but as soon as I realized the severity of the situation (thanks mostly to Governor DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director, Dr. Acton), I have been a firm proponent of social distancing. Indeed, I last shook hands with someone two and a half weeks ago, and feel bad about what I could’ve spread.
Social distancing is paramount. That means working from home and avoiding gatherings. People who feel this is bunk are only putting the lives of Americans in jeopardy—maybe even their own loved ones. By ignoring the Governor’s stay at home order, all these people are doing is helping to extend the need to keep our lives restricted to stave off the threat.
You do not have to have the symptoms to be a carrier. You can infect lots of people, vulnerable people, maybe someone close to you!
These are tough days, really tough days for some. The decision-making is complicated and not everyone is going to get their way. It is about saving lives by breaking the stranglehold of this virus which is the only way we have now that will allow us to get back to “normal.”
I offer my sincerest thanks to Governor DeWine and Dr. Acton for their vision and setting the example for our nation to overcome this virus. It makes me proud as an American to see people pulling together to get through this crisis. My heart breaks for those who are making real sacrifices. I can’t even imagine. I only have to stay home, conduct my work, modify my life a bit, and try to support local businesses as much as possible. Easy-peasy. For many, it’s not so easy. Families dealing with having children home from school; the elderly being restricted from seeing family members; healthcare providers who work till exhaustion to assist the sick and needy; others who work overtime and on overload to figure out a solution to the crisis. Mostly, my heart breaks for people who, in an instant, lost their income and for those who have become sick and those whose loved ones have succumbed to the virus.
We are Americans. We are resolute. We will survive. We will thrive again. Please be kind and compassionate to each other. We are all in this together. To my GVWC family: I miss you all, and I can’t wait till we walk together again.
Stay well and be well, everyone! Love you. Larry
To that end, as you all know, Governor DeWine has shut down restaurants and bars in a dramatic effort to flatten the curve to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. As a result, many people are out of work and these businesses are reduced to carry out orders, shrinking their revenues drastically and unsustainably. Please do what you can to support our local businesses, in particular, two of our GVWC partners, Valters and Winans. Please order carry out meals from Valters, and buy coffee and chocolates from Winans. It is the least we can do.
Motivation of the Week
Thanks, Steph Waterman, for the submittal.
Till we walk together again. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!