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“Are we there yet?”

… A phrase that we repeated ad nauseam from the back seat of the car driving our poor parents crazy … It has taken on new meaning in the time of COVID 19.  Each day we wake up looking to the news for some sign that we will not be experiencing what feels like yet another “Ground Hog Day”.  

While we can look at how things have been managed and state that we could have been better prepared, it is crystal clear that we are navigating uncharted territory in a vessel with no compass, no rudder and no direction home.  How do we get “there”?

So “there” is not a place, but a time in hopefully the not too distant future where we can return to some sense of normalcy;  a time where we can once again shake hands, give hugs, get hugs, and celebrate in masse, at Mass, at a concert, at a ball game.

We are created for community.  We are not designed for social distancing.  If any good has come out of this at all, other than the lower levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, it is the realization that we all have more in common than we might have earlier believed.  There is no superior military that can win this battle, no bullet proof economy that will go unscathed, no smarter, no dumber, there is just you and me and all the other “you and me’s” coming to the realization of "How Fragile We Are".

My type “A” personality has no advantage here.  In fact it is better now to be a type “B”;  someone that can more easily appreciate the time off that has been given them.  I wake up every day thinking that regardless of the circumstances I must find a way to still produce at the level I was producing prior to the “shelter in place” order, and that regardless of the challenges I presently face, I am either stupid or lazy if I cannot find a solution.

I’m not alone.  I’m not alone in this ridiculous supposition or alone in feeling alone.

When I do come to my senses, I realize how lucky I am to have both of my boys at home with us.  One a sophomore in college and the other headed there next year, this is a gift that I would not have had without the “shelter in place” order.  I am also fortunate in that no one in my immediate or extended family has been gravely affected by the disease (though we have had a close call with family in MA.).  

The President recently recruited a number of industry leaders as his swat team to help strategize how to “reopen the country.”  I noticed that not one physician or even one health care executive was a part of the team.  I also noticed that Bill Gates, arguably one of most knowledgably infectious disease experts not possessing an MD, is also not on the team.

I want to get “there” just as bad as anyone.  I just want make sure the wheels don’t fall of the car once our leadership announces that we “arrive.”

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