WNU Editor with his mom for her doctor’s appointment in March
James Cooper, The Hill: One hundred days of solitudeAs we face a so-called “second wave” of the coronavirus, we remember the day we learned that our lives were put on ice. The first shelter-in-place order in the country came from California Gov. Gavin Newsom on March 19, seemingly a lifetime ago. The rest of the country followed suit; New York instituted a similar order only a day after. Some states never did so. All this is now a blur amid fast-moving reopening, just in time to un-reopen given the recent surges in cases of coronavirus in more than 30 states.
And while we appear to be getting back to normal, most Americans are exhausted. We are tired of the public information whiplash from the lack of consistent institutional messaging. We were told by federal officials in the United States and by the World Health Organization — which the U.S. is now defunding — that masks did nothing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and then that they may indeed help. We were told that there would be enough tests for COVID-19 and then that there will not be enough for months to come. We were told that these tests are reliable and then that they were not. We were told that this pandemic would be over in a month or two, and then that we are in it for the long haul.
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WNU Editor: Just some random thoughts. The above commentary is my must read post for today. It has definitely been a long 100 days. It fact it feels like a year. I am already psychologically ready for another lock-down that may last for one year. But damn …. I am suffering from Covid-19 fatigue. I am sure that many of you are feeling the same way. I also know that when this is all over the next few years are going to be tough for many of us, and for others it will be the best of times. My only advice is to stay positive. Stay close to those who care about you. Stay active. Stay healthy. Stay safe.