In this time of uncertainty, I want to keep my message focused on the immediate steps that are needed to help keep us all safe. So here are a few key points that stand out to me:
- TAKE THE ADVICE OF HEALTH PROFESSIONALS. It is not rocket science, but the full implementation of policies like social distancing FOR ALL OF US must be taken seriously. Our health care professionals are taking enormous risks simply by showing up to work and helping people. With these heroes risking their lives for our health and safety, the least we can do is follow their advice on how to slow the spread of the virus.
- The ECONOMIC IMPACT will vary dramatically. If you can, LOOK FOR WAYS YOU CAN HELP those most severely impacted and those who have very limited options to survive. The passage of a relief package in Congress is a welcome development for much of the business community, but there is still a lot of uncertainty about how businesses and workers can benefit from this federal investment. So extra help and attention should be given to vulnerable populations as well as to many of the small businesses we love, to make sure their doors can eventually reopen once medical experts have deemed it safe to do so.
- In time, I plan to share more about the leadership that is (or is not) being exercised in our government and across our country in response to this crisis. But, in the meantime, it’s important to remember that EACH OF US HAS A ROLE TO PLAY in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will take all of our creativity, ingenuity, and perseverance to get through this. Whether you're regularly checking in with friends and family, planning new ways to meet community needs, or simply following the advice of medical professionals, I want the history written on this challenge to be one where we did RISE TO THE OCCASION, that ALL HANDS WERE ON DECK, and the PAIN AND SUFFERING WAS MINIMIZED as a result.
I WISH ALL THE VERY BEST IN THESE MOST DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES.