PONTIFICATING FROM THE SUNSHINE STATE – APRIL 11
By Leo Haggerty

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

First of all, and I will start EVERY article with this paragraph, sports pales in comparison with what is occurring with the Coronavirus. Hopefully, the columns that I, and the rest of our correspondents, provide you is a momentary escape from the trials and tribulations that Americans, and the rest of the world’s population, are experiencing. The COVID-19 is not a video game that you can press reset and get a new life. This is real and dangerous so, above all, be prudent and stay safe.

With what has transpired over the last month, all of us here in the United Sates have, as Captain Kirk says on Star Trek, “have gone where no man has gone before.”  And, if you look at the preponderance of data that is being presented, that narrative does not look like it’s going to  change in the foreseeable future.

We are all in uncharted waters.  There is no playbook to consult.  We are flying by the seat of our pants.

This is, and I don’t think anyone would debate the following statement, the most stressful time that this country has ever experience.  The pandemic has infected every aspect of life and no one is immune.

COVID-19 does not distinguish between gender or age or race or economic status.  Every American has been placed at risk.

So, how do we cope?   The first step, and the most important, is to take time to take care of yourself.

Get plenty of rest.  Get out and get some exercise every day.  If you’re going to come in contact with others, wear a mask.  If you’re going to touch things, like food and clothing, wear gloves.

Be prudent but don’t panic.  We, as a country, need to become smart and follow the directives that we are given.  If we do, the pandemic will be eradicated faster.  If we don’t, the Coronavirus will linger for month and, maybe, years.

That, no one wants. BE SAFE AND THAT MEANS BEING SMART.