The action of taking the COVID-19 seriously for a few weeks could benefit us for a lifetime.This is not the first pandemic to affect the United States. It likely won’t be the last.
However, just shrugging it off or blatantly disregarding simple ways of not spreading it is dangerous — and potentially lethal.
Is it an overreaction? Only time will tell, but it’s like Mama (or someone to whom you’ve looked up in your life) always said, “Better safe than sorry.”
Be considerate of others. Help those in need, if you can, throughout this trying period. Help a neighbor with childcare. Keep a friend from hunger by delivering a meal — but wash your hands (with soap) for 20 seconds first.
Think of others during tumultuous times.
Granted, it could be much worse.
No, it doesn’t feel like it could because we, in Ashland, want to see the Tomcats play some more basketball. We want to see the Russell Lady Devils compete in the Sweet Sixteen, too. Most of us truly do hurt for those kids and coaches who have worked so diligently to advance to this point. (But, hey, maybe it can still happen.)
We want to witness March Madness — and, again, most of us do feel for those athletes who had “one shining moment” aspirations. We can’t wait two extra weeks for the Major League Baseball season to start.
How can we get through these days with a smile on our faces?
Again, help each other. Instead of grabbing two eight-roll packages for yourself, perhaps buy one for the next person in line (if you can find a place with toilet paper actually in stock).
Think of each other. If you’re greeting someone at church this Sunday, a wave from down the pew can offer the same friendliness as a hug and a handshake.
Again, it could be much worse.
The 1918 influenza pandemic caused by an H1N1 virus infected 500 million people in the world and killed an estimated 50 million, including 675,000 Americans. And that was on the tail end of a war (World War I).
While there’s not enough information to know if the new coronavirus would have such a devastating impact, we must band together (figuratively speaking) to avoid that possibility.
Over the next two or three weeks, use good personal hygiene, limit public gatherings and, above all, be considerate of others.

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