What, here? Yes. I’m sorry. This is important. Ignoring its own guidelines, the administration is pushing to reopen the country. So far, twenty-seven states have followed suit. But here’s the deal: WE HAVEN’T LICKED THIS PANDEMIC* AND WE’RE FAR FROM DONE WITH IT. To be sure, some places have seen a leveling off in the numbers of new cases, largely resulting from carefully-followed stay-at-home orders. In other places – Missouri, for example, which began to open up on Monday – numbers of new cases have continued to increase.
Here’s what I think: In the name of commerce, we – or some of us – have decided that we’re just going to ignore the coronavirus and pretend that everything is fine. We’re heading for a second wave.
Please, dear ones, pay attention to people who know things: epidemiologists, physicians, nurses, and experts on public health and infectious disease. Other people, including perhaps our president, have their own reasons for wanting a booming economy. Those reasons are not going to keep people safe. So,
- If you’re over 65, please continue to stay home as much as possible.
- If you have underlying health conditions that put you at risk, please continue to stay home as much as possible.
- Don’t go to work if you’re sick. Don’t go out if you’re sick.
- Self-quarantine if you’ve had a known exposure.
- Please wear masks of some kind, especially when indoors away from home. Masks protect those around you.
- Wash your hands.
- Use hand sanitizer regularly.
- Keep your hands away from your face.
- Clean and sanitize frequently-touched surfaces regularly.
- Continue social distancing.
- Please be considerate of those who cannot work from home and of those who have no choice but to place themselves at risk.
We’re all tired of this. We’d all like things to get back to normal. It’s going to take time in any case. It will take a lot more time – and a lot more of us will suffer and die in the meantime – if we hide our heads in the sand. The best way to get back to some kind of normal? Be careful. Be thoughtful. Err on the side of safety. And know that you are loved.
AND ANOTHER THING: Thank you to those of you who have given to our food bank fund. There’s still time! See the bulletin for details.
AND ANOTHER: Thank you to the hundredth degree for continuing to support your parish in these confusing challenging distressing Spirit-filled times!
AND STILL ANOTHER: At tomorrow’s Town Hall Meeting (Same Bat Time, same Bat Place, meaning 5:00 p.m. on Zoom. Wednesday.) we’ll talk a little more about the newly-released Archdiocesan guidelines for returning to public Masses.
And guess what? Even after three rounds of OTHER THINGS, you’re as beloved as ever!
*Health and Safety Note: It’s probably best not to go around licking things right now. Ice cream cones? Yes, so long as it’s your ice cream cone. Door handles? Heavens no, regardless of whose door it is.