To de­feat COVID-19, we all must do our part

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - OPINIONS -

ED­I­TOR, TIMES-DIS­PATCH:

The coro­n­avirus pan­demic has plunged us into World War III. Like our par­ents and grand­par­ents in the 1940s, we now are be­ing asked to make per­sonal sac­ri­fices to de­feat a com­mon en­emy. This is no time for whin­ing and com­plain­ing; no time for self­ish be­hav­ior that puts oth­ers at risk. This is our time to be brave, coura­geous and care­ful.

We need to fol­low the ad­vice of our med­i­cal ex­perts. We need to wash our hands of­ten and use hand san­i­tiz­ers when­ever we touch any­thing in pub­lic places. We need to stop touch­ing our faces and giv­ing viruses all types of op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­ter our mouths, eyes and noses. We need to main­tain safe dis­tances be­tween each other. We need to be con­sis­tent and to do it with com­mit­ment to the com­mon good.

If we do these things, the coro­n­avirus will not spread and we will at some point in the fu­ture be able to re­turn to a more nor­mal life. That might not be what was nor­mal a few weeks ago, but it can be a new nor­mal in which our com­mon en­emy is kept at bay. This is our time to step up, to stand united and to do our share. Are you ready to do yours?

HOWARD GAR­NER. ME­CHAN­ICSVILLE.

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