PONTIFICATING FROM THE SUNSHINE STATE – APRIL 15
By Leo Haggerty

THE NEW NORMAL

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.

On 911, and let’s be honest here, the United States was not prepared for a domestic attack of that magnitude.  Since then, measures were put in place to make sure that never happens again especially when travelling on an airline.  That, my devoted readers, is the new normal.

Sadly, COVID-19 caught the country again totally unprepared on how to deal with a pandemic of epic proportions.  In fact, no one had any idea the number of deaths that the Coronavirus was capable of spreading.

Sure, we can blame it on China.  Whatever they were experimenting with got out of hand and led to this worldwide epidemic.

Yes, there will be consequences that the Communist government of China will be facing but that’s down the road.  The immediate question is what needs to be done to protect American citizens from this deadly disease.

Until a vaccine is developed, which looks like that will take at least 12 to 16 months or longer to develop and field test, what will the new normal look like?  I would surmise we will see three very big changes in daily life.

First, people will be required to wear a mask out in public to protect themselves as well as the people they meet.  That’s the best, and most obvious, way of stopping the spread of COVID-19 especially if you are asymptomatic and a possible carrier.

That mantra should be a simple one.  I protect you and you protect me.

Second, if you are involved in an activity where you will be touching food or other people, gloves will be a necessity.  Another way of insuring that the disease isn’t spread to unsuspecting people.

Finally, people will be required to avoid large gatherings.  Sports and other areas of entertainment as well as schools will be severely curtailed until the pandemic has been eradicated.

The only saving grace is that COVID-19 isn’t an airborne-spread virus.  You don’t become infected by just breathing in the Coronavirus.  You must invite it into your body by touching your eyes or nose or mouth while the virus is on your hands.

With that being said, remember to wash your hands thoroughly as soon as you return home.  Take 20 seconds to protect your family.  You want to make sure that you don’t unwittingly bring the virus to your loved ones.

Here’s a way of getting an idea of what the USA could be experiencing without leaving your home.  Check out the movies Outbreak and Venom.  Both give you a glimpse of what could happen if the disease is left unchecked and how fast it can spread.

After you watch both of them, you’ll see that science fiction has become science reality.  It happened and it’s here so how will we deal with it?  I laid out three ways.

Yes, these are radical but necessary changes.  If these are not followed, I don’t want to imagine how many more people will die because of a lack of safety.

It’s the new normal.  At least until a vaccine can be developed and that’s a big if.

As Winston Churchill stated, “The Hun is at the gate” and the Hun is COVID-!9.  Let’s hope we follow another quotation from the British statesman and “never surrender” to the Coronavirus.