By LARRY FRANKLIN
There are so many honest-to-goodness heroes in this thing — the obvious ones like doctors, nurses, police officers, fire fighters, EMS workers and others who are literally risking their lives (and the lives of family members) everyday to help others — but there are also some that don’t necessarily come to mind as quickly.
Truck drivers, garbage collectors, utility workers. And where would we be without maintenance workers and the people charged with keeping hospitals, grocery stores and other places clean?
Speaking of grocery stores, My Current Wife was in a Laurens grocery store last week, getting her mother’s groceries, and she thanked one of the stockers for how hard they are all working to keep supplies and shelves stocked.
The young lady told Janice that she would not believe some of the things people have called her and her coworkers because some items aren’t available and some items are limited. She said some of the customers have cussed her and others.
The store manager had loaves of bread thrown in his face because someone tried to buy a cart full when told customers were being limited to allow more people to have bread (apparently the sign on the bread rack wasn’t working).
Convenience store workers who are keeping stores open so we can buy cheap gas (where you going?).
School cafeteria workers who are continuing to prepare breakfasts and lunches by the thousands who that our children are fed nutritional meals during their enforced break from school.
The dozens and dozens of volunteers who get together (against the advice of health officials) and package the meals for pickup and others who deliver them.
Teachers from several local schools have had neighborhood “parades” to see their students and to let them know the teachers are thinking about the students.
There are many other people, I’m sure, who deserve credit, gratitude and praise during this time. I might not have listed them all, but I promise you I am grateful.
Most local businesses are struggling financially during this pandemic. Support them. More than usual. We need them. They need us. This disease is killing people — again, literally — but we don’t need any local, small business to become a victim.
The doors of most churches are closed (and if any church hasn’t stopped services in the buildings — shame on you), but many churches are holding online services. Sunday school (or whatever you non-Baptists call it) classes are meeting online.
This is a weird, weird time. I’ve certainly never seen or experienced anything like it in my 68 years (yep, I’m in the high-risk category, so stay away from me).
At some point, we’ll move through it. Some of us will become victims, but we can minimize risk and exposure.
For goodness sake, find a reliable source of information (scdhec.gov,cdc.gov). Don’t listen to the orange man every day on TV. He’s a dope.
In a nutshell, here’s what you need to do:
You can protect yourself and help prevent spreading the virus to others if you:
Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
Cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow when you cough or sneeze
Avoid close contact (1 meter or 3 feet) with people who are unwell
Stay home and self-isolate from others in the household if you feel unwell
Touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean.
Stay safe. Stay home. Call somebody you know and check on them.
(Larry Franklin is retired and lives in Clinton.)