After a three-year hiatus, I'm back on ChicagoNow to write about various news topics, lending one writer's thoughts for consideration.
The first thought is that in my time on this planet, I have never experienced what we all are going through right now. Is it scary? Hell yes! Can anyone see the light at the end of that tunnel right now?
It will take a treatment or vaccine, which regardless of what the great scientists develop will be a trial medicine. But if a person has Covid-19 with no other options available, I'm sure they will be eager to receive it.
A more likely positive outcome is that the vast majority of those who contract the virus will get well and people will begin treating it more like the flu, just a very serious case of the flu. Those who do die will continue to add to the data about who is most susceptible and that becomes a measurement. Right now, it's older people with a compromised immune system. Will that danger group be expanded? Well, we will find out over the next month.
Not to get political here, but given that current danger group, we have a President and two Democratic candidates in their 70s. Each has been doing the meet and greet handshake ritual for the past few months. Could you imagine if....well, I won't even raise that scenario. But you get the idea.
So here we are sitting in our homes. Isolation is the word of the week. Social distancing is the term of the month. People are praying for help. Prayer is mentioned in government updates and commentary about the pandemic. People are being a little kinder to each other. Perhaps that's the light at the end of the tunnel.