On the Fourth of July, I often write about the importance of our democracy and the ways we can work to ensure its health and vitality. However, this year, in the era of the coronavirus pandemic, I’m extremely concerned.
More than 132,000 people have died of covid-19 in the United States so far. Our federal government, under the Trump administration, has bungled our nation’s management of the coronavirus pandemic. At first, President Trump called it a “hoax,” then he said it will “go away,” a comment he’s repeated 12 times in recent months.
At first, people seemed concerned and stayed home. Then the right decided to make a fuss about being told to stay home and wear Face Masks. Huge crowds began swarming into state capitals without face masks and social distancing, shouting it was their right to go out in crowds and not wear face masks.
Republican governors, responding to the pressure, began opening up their states in May. Some of them, put little or no restrictions on in their states. As we’re finding out now, it was too early to reopen. Covid-19 cases are spiking in 40 of the 50 states.
My recommendations? Stay at home as much as you can. Avoid crowds. Order takeout rather than go to a restaurant. Cut your own hair. Order groceries and pick them up rather than going into stores. Check out the internet when you need to buy something. Always wear a face mask when you go out. Wash your hands.
I know it’s difficult, but it could save your life and save the life of those you love.
If the days are long at home, find a project to fill up the time. I’m working on a book about my journalism career called “Follow the Money: My Life as a Financial Journalist.” The days are flying by.
Maybe the coronavirus pandemic will be over by July 4th 2021. However, maybe not.
Put your health first and be as safe as you can.