Cartoonist Rob Kernachan’s humourous take on industry’s response to COVID-19. (Rob Kernachan)

Challenging time ahead to beat virus

Shutting down the economy a drastic step that no one saw coming

The way things are now, we should probably just fast forward through the rest of 2020 and head straight to 2021.

Michael J. Fox, where are you when we need you and the DeLorean time machine?

It’s not even the end of March yet, but this been such a terrible year on so many levels.

Locally, it has literally been one disaster after another compounded by different outside factors and here we are now in the middle of this COVID-19 pandemic that no one really has any idea about how long it will last.

Patience is sure to run thin for many people with their livelihoods if it takes a long time to contain this virus.

In these parts, the flood waters of Feb. 1 hit hard and already left a huge scar for so many, particularly in the Westholme area and through the Halalt First Nation reserve. Their situations are far from being resolved.

Does anybody remember those huge blockades across the country that crippled the economy only a short time ago? Knowing what we know now, that situation would surely have been handled differently with minimal disruptions to the daily lives of so many. But hindsight is always 20/20.

And now we’re in it for the long haul with COVID-19.

The drastic measures of shutting the economy down – shorter term pain, if you will, for longer term gain, hopefully – are being taken. And there’s a great deal of pain being felt by everyone in some way.

One of the hard parts of this current crisis, it seems, is convincing everyone this is necessary. The numbers of the infected are naturally climbing as more people are tested and the sky could literally be the limit before the peak totals are reached.

What damage is done by that time remains to be seen. Young people have the hardest time understanding the reasons for anything restrictive because they are just invincible, but we all know the hard lessons learned from that attitude from reckless behaviour behind the wheel.

Thankfully, young people do tend to be more on the ball these days and quite resilient so there’s always hope.

No matter what your age, this is a huge challenge. Hunker down everyone and stay safe.

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