COVID-19: Love in the Time of a Pandemic
Columbia University Professor Emeritus, Dr. David Figurski
Donna O’Donnell Figurski
(Disclaimer: The World Health Organization <WHO> has officially named the new coronavirus as SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes as COVID-19. Because the majority of people, including much of the press, commonly refer to the virus as “COVID-19,” to avoid confusion I use COVID-19 as the name of the virus in these posts.)
Donna and I recently celebrated 51 years of marriage. We chose the beautiful desert scenery around the White Tank Mountains near our home in Arizona. We returned to the place that Donna proposed to me last year as part of our 50th anniversary celebration.
This year, our anniversary celebration was very different. We are in the middle of a global pandemic of a new coronavirus. To slow the spread of this highly contagious virus, most people wear masks, practice social-distancing, and self-quarantine. (For us, except for monthly food pick-up runs, we have been home over 160 days.)
The effect of the pandemic has been horrific and devastating for society, most notably for health-care personnel, blue-collar workers, teachers and school administrators, and middle- and lower-class families, who are struggling with paying bills, having enough food, and eviction.
Globally, there have been over 22.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, and over 795,000 people have died. The U.S. has over 5.5 million cases and over 175,000 deaths. Scientists and physicians around the world are racing to understand the virus and its disease. A viable vaccine is months away.
Everyone is trying to cope as best as he or she can. On a personal level, Donna and I are fortunate to deeply love one another and to have each other in the midst of such chaos.
Love is worth celebrating wherever and whenever you can.
Stay Safe and Healthy!
Clip Art compliments of Bing.)
(Photos compliments of contributor.)
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