Today, America is number one. Not in science. Not in healthcare. Not in climate control. Not in manufacturing. But, we are number one in Covid-19 cases. Whether or not other countries have fewer or more, is not the point. As of today, one million people are infected. Fifty-five thousand are dead. And while some areas of the country have seen a leveling of numbers, people are still contracting the virus. And the death count will continue.
Being far from the big city can give us small towners a false sense of security. But we must take heed. The pandemics of the past hit cities first and then rolled into rural areas. And round two was far more virulent than the first one. It’s quite possible that this pandemic could get worse, before it ever gets better.
Americans tend to feel indestructible. We’ve ridden a wave of success, domination and power since our forefathers created our republic. Not so much any more. We’ve taken a back seat to Europe and Asia in the current war against an elusive virus. This time, we’re all soldiers, with little or imperfect ammunition and no Eisenhower or Patton to lead the charge. We all must do what we can to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
A new world is, indeed, on the horizon. But new isn’t always better. Everything about our world has changed. It will be a long time before we can right this ship, if indeed, we can survive the storm.