Reader Opinion: Epidemic


Today I see a nation in turmoil. There is a real threat out there with this virus but our reaction can be exasperating the situation. Not just at the grass roots level but at the highest levels of government. There are so many questions and so few answers. We're in uncharted territory here, so many of those answers will be forthcoming but are not available now and probably won’t be until we live through this.

I guess when I say “uncharted territory” it's not that this has never happened before, it was just so long ago we have forgotten. My father told me about living through the great influenza outbreaks and the diphtheria outbreaks of the early 1900s. In fact, two of his siblings died from it.

He told me how living in North Minneapolis they came and nailed a quarantined poster to the front door of the house. They found answers for those diseases but not until they lived through them and thousands did die.

One of the questions I have is how long will this go on? Yes, I can hunker down for now but there comes a time when I have to venture out, if for nothing else but to go to the doctor or other things. To buy groceries and essentials. I think the rules will be established as we go on. But in the end, common sense does have to play into it.

There are people out there that will prey on our fear and take advantage of us and we must be vigilant for them as well as the disease. There has to be a special place in hell for them but in the meantime they don’t care. We need to remember as we go through this, we are our brother’s keeper.


Mike Holst


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