It's the morning. The sun glows on the leaves giving them a sheen of warmth. It is quiet. There aren't many people outside. The children aren't running to catch the school bus. Not as many people walking their dogs. More cars are parked then usual. Why aren't people hurry to their cars to get to work? So many questions. So many changes. Why? A stranger has come to visit. How long will the stranger be here? No one knows but the stranger but does it know? Was it invited? Absolutely not. The Stranger has a name. Its name is Coronus Virus. Its nickname is COVID-19. It can make you so sick you don't know if you will live. It grabs hold of you and doesn't want to let you go. I call it a stranger because we don't know much about it. Some people walk around with this stranger before they realize he has come to visit them. It cuts off your breathing and gives you an unbelievably high fever. Where did the Coronus Virus come from? Some are saying from China. I question if we really know. It has left no country untouched. Yes, it is a pandemic virus. We are all in this together. Because of the virus alias COVID-19, we are staying in our homes. We are doing social distancing when we leave the house. No closer than six feet from one another. We are wearing face masks and rubber or latex gloves when we do go out.
Yes, all is quiet in the neighborhood. If someone is walking, that person is usually walking alone. We must maintain our "social distancing". Unfortunately, many have lost their lives. More then we ever dare to imagine. Doctors and nurses are putting their lives on the butcher block to try to save as many people as possible. Some of them have caught this stranger and not survived. We are afraid. No one is immune d. The elderly were mainly at risk. This has proven to not be true. Many young people have become sick and some did not win the battle. This stranger does not care who you are. There can be no birthday parties. No gathering with friends in a restaurant. Worst of all, no coming together to mourn the loved one you have lost.
Schools and churches are closed. They are now being done online. Most businesses are closed but there are exceptions. Grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, and other essential businesses can remain open. Restaurants can do carry out. Scientists everywhere are working diligently to find a vaccine. There seems to be some success. Even if a vaccine is discovered, it must be tested and verified. How long will that take? Who knows. We are holding on tight believing a vaccine will come soon. Until it does, the governors are asking people to stay home. Some governors have decided to start opening some establishments. Scientists and experts are asking them to wait. Lives should be worth more than having to see your buddy socially. We are holding our breaths and hoping the vaccine that is being talked about will be successful. I suggest you stay indoors and not let that stranger become your so called friend.