We can get through this, if we’re patient

Weyburn Review editorial

People need to take a mature and level-headed approach to life under COVID-19, because it’s the reality of our lives right now.

It can be safely stated that most people hate it, being under severe restrictions for days and weeks at a time, all in an effort to prevent the spread of a virus that can hit the vulnerable of our society hard.

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There are many who are beginning to question the wisdom of what we’re doing, and are asking, is it really necessary that we have don face masks, stay six feet apart and restrict gatherings to 10 people?

Can the quashing of celebrations of life, such as graduations and weddings, or marking the end of one’s life with a funeral service, really be justified?

Saturday’s “park incident” in the Centre of the Universe, a.k.a. Toronto, has the national media there in a frenzy, because in one park there were over 10,000 people who were clearly not physical distancing or wearing masks.

It could be viewed that this kind of an incident was inevitable, given that people’s patience is beginning to wear really thin as summer weather sets in and people are just sick and tired of the “stay safe, stay home” suggestions.

We need to take a step back and think about what we’re doing in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, and why.

First and foremost, we have vulnerable people in our population that we need to protect: young children, seniors, and those with compromised immune systems (which can be any age).

Many of those who have died had pre-existing medical conditions — but there are people being treated for COVID who did not have those conditions, and doctors don’t even know how some people have become infected.

In other words, it’s for the greater good that we all are taking precautions, as much as we all hate having to do this. But the question arises, there is also a greater good that is being compromised here, namely the economy of our country, and the business community which was shut down to a large extent for the past two months.

If the economy of Canada, and of the world, collapses and numerous businesses and industries go bankrupt, what good will it do to come out of quarantine to find our society in tatters?

Businesses have gradually been allowed to resume operation, but some are at half-capacity, or in Saskatchewan, can’t open until June 8. Will it be enough to help them survive as the economy reawakens? Time will tell.

Some would have us believe this is all being orchestrated by the government or some other evil entity — but who would benefit from that? Nobody wants this, and nobody benefits from the collapse of the economy. We need our lives back, so let’s just get through this.