COVID 19 Pandemic
We have lived through natural disasters, tough economic times, had health difficulties, and the like. We could not have imagined the insanity that is COVID-19. When we were in Hawaii in February, we were just starting to hear about this respiratory disease. There was a tourist from Japan that stayed at our hotel a week earlier that was diagnosed with COVID19 after returning home, but the illness seemed worlds away, confined to mainland China. There were rumblings in Taiwan, in Hong Kong, in Singapore, but it seemed distant and contained. Then Italy went nuts. People were dying left and right. Germany started to find patients. Then Spain. Then Seattle. Then it got real. Suddenly, the United States was in full panic mode and decisions were flying fast. School was cancelled, church was cancelled, work was cancelled, life was cancelled. Stay at home or die. Projections for the healthcare system being totally overwhelmed were startling. The numbers from New York were horrifying. How did it get to this point? It’s amazing to think that a little virus could bring the modern world to its knees so quickly and out of nowhere. Now, after a month of quarantine, financial ruin, stress, and anxiety, we are entering into a new phase of reopening our lives. Uncertainty abounds, but now there is hope that things will begin to move in a direction that is more sustainable. Normalcy is a thing of the past, but hopefully, it will one day be within our reach again.