COVID-19 pandemic an alarming situation.

Pandemic’s good, bad and the ugly

Banding together will get us through this quicker than acting selfishly

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has clearly shown us The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of humanity.

If Clint Eastwood was starring in a movie of the same name today, it would definitely look a lot different.

It’s amazing how people react essentially from one extreme to the other in a situation like this.

The good? There’s plenty of good being seen everywhere. People stepping up to offer support for whatever is needed.

For our health care workers, public acknowledgement of their extraordinary work through small gestures of nightly cheering, gifts of cookies or comfort food and a willingness to make any necessary materials are just some examples.

Extending thanks to our grocery store employees, who are working long hours to meet our essential food requirements, doesn’t go unnoticed.

Young children are fully aware of what’s going on, but perhaps in a different context than adults. Their perspective on doing anything they can to lend a hand is refreshing.

At the community level, it’s about helping each other out, calling on an elderly neighbour to see if they’re OK or offering to pick up items for those who aren’t mobile or don’t have transportation to do so.

The bad? We’ve all seen many examples of behaviour that defies logic. Shoppers cramming their carts with toilet paper or meat to stockpile items at the expense of others is an image that will forever be linked to this unprecedented time.

The selfishness shown by so many is disappointing and that goes for not listening to the directives of the provincial health officer. They are the professionals for a reason and personal agendas of defying instructions are not going to get us to the finish line with this virus any quicker.

The ugly? Scammers are everywhere in society and you’ve all probably seen them in your emails and on the internet. No matter what’s going on, someone is always trying to exploit it to their own benefit.

But the reselling of items is the lowest of the low. Those who have purchased additional quantities and then try to peddle the excess at exorbitant rates for profit are just plain pathetic.

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