With more than 160,000 novel cases of Coronavirus in the United States, our healthcare facilities are working around the clock, not only to protect, but serve.  With hospitals not taking elective surgeries anymore, they are dedicating their full time to those who have fallen ill by this virus.  “You need to identify and stop discrete outbreaks, and then do rigorous contact tracing.  But doing so takes intelligent, rapidly adaptive work by health officials, and near-total cooperation from the populace. Containment becomes realistic only when Americans realize that working together is the only way to protect themselves and their loved ones” (The New York Times).  If we all do our part and maintain hope, we will get through this.

We must remember to social distance ourselves, wash our hands frequently, and stay at home.  If we stick to these guidelines over the next few weeks, we will beat the curve.  Doctors, nurses, and first responders are risking their own lives to put the needs of others before their own.  They are the true frontline soldiers in this battle.  With this challenging time, we must try to stay positive and look at the bright side of spending time with loved ones.  “From positive emotion springs happiness. Focusing on positive emotions is more than smiling: it is the ability to remain optimistic and view one’s situation from a constructive perspective” (Forbes Magazine).  With our usual crazy schedules, this is the time to appreciate your home and who you are with.  Take an extra 10 minutes in the day to enjoy your coffee and have a face-to-face or a remote conversation with a family member.

Taking the necessary precautions day by day is how American’s will beat the coronavirus.

Thanks to our doctors and first responders for their selfless sacrifices and thanks to all Americans for doing their part to fight this invisible enemy!