April 15, 2020-
Many parts of the world are slowly, carefully seeing the retreat of COVID-19. Others, especially in the United States and Russia, have yet to see the disease peak, though it’s coming. There have been several approaches to the threat, most have worked, for the people in the areas in which they have been implemented. The concept of “One size fits all” may very well end up being shown the door, when this is all over.
It is never too soon to PLAN, to have several contingencies for the months ahead. The school year is finished, yet there are likely to be summer sessions. Whether the services of substitutes will be needed then is a good question.
My friends in the restaurant and coffee houses around town are unlikely to even consider re-opening for in-house services, until close to Memorial Day weekend. The hospitalizations must peak, and decline, before that would be prudent. I am supporting several of them, with take-out orders, in the meantime.
The hard-working staff of the Farmers’ Market are maintaining a food box service, over the next few weeks, at least. They may be able to re-open the full market, next month, but the hospitalization peak will impact their decisions, as well.
My own meanderings will be rather tentative, anywhere outside of the immediate area, until there is a clear indication that the danger is passing and that my presence will not be more of a hindrance than an encouragement. Red Cross deployment remains a possibility, as even with the virus subsiding, the hurricane season is seven weeks away and tornadoes have certainly not taken any time off.
The quarantine has given rise to the popularity of virtual meetings, so anywhere I happen to be, into summer and fall, will not impede the vital work that has been initiated here, during the course of the past four weeks. My inclination is to mostly stay close by, though. No one wants to be part of a second or third wave of COVID19.
We will cast off some of our old practices and adopt new ones. Which will be which, is long in evolution. I only know that we will rise back. The spirit of the nation, of the planet, of humanity, will not be denied.