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June 1, 2020

3/18/2020 2:13:00 PM
'All we need is Love'

For years, experts have warned about the threat of a dangerous, hard-to-control pandemic and the need to prepare for that possibility. Most all of us shrugged it off, dismissing the potential for a severe and deadly disease to affect us as far-fetched science fiction.

Now, sadly, we're all learning this is not far fetched nor fiction. This is real - and horribly scary.

Drastic times call for drastic measures in fighting the novel coronavirus COVID-19. And, boy, are they drastic. But they have to be.

Schools are closed, sports are canceled, movie theaters are shuttered, restaurants are drive-thru only and virtually everything is shut down except groceries and drug stores. People are holed up in homes.

The economic upheaval has already been enormous. The stock market has tumbled, layoffs are rampant and we are on the brink of a worldwide recession.

A primary focus has to be on doing as much as humanly possible to prevent the virus from spreading, something far easier said than done.

Social distancing, as unnatural as it sometimes seems, must be maintained, including refraining from shaking hands. Practicing good hygiene, especially washing one's hands often, is more important than ever.

The impact is already profound and will grow over the weeks and months ahead. Avoid panic. Following the advice of the experts. Don't hoard essentials such as toilet paper. Give a helping hand to others. Do the best you can. And remember, we're all in this together. The human spirit is amazing and can overcome seemingly insurmountable
obstacles, especially if we band together and take the right action.

The Park Theatre in North Vernon is among many theaters and movie houses nationwide that are displaying a most poignant message on their marquees in this crisis. (See photo on page 1B.) It's a message borrowed from a Beatles song that everyone should take to heart: "All we need is Love."

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