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Do Pandemics Serve Any Useful Purpose?

Marlene Geiser

Posted on March 25, 2020 17:20

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My husband and I have discussed whether this Coronavirus pandemic may someday be thought of as a time when families grow closer.

There is a thought which both my husband and I have shared. The question is whether the Coronavirus pandemic will someday be remembered as a productive period in family relationships.

Early this afternoon my husband received a call from a daughter with whom he hasn't spoken in many years. She was interested in knowing how we were faring in light of the changes wrought by the Coronavirus. What was so amazing is that it had taken a situation which has created mass hysteria also to have produced something of a positive nature.

Have you noticed that you find yourself concerned with how your parents or other members of your family are surviving under the strain produced by a "bug" which can potentially hurt an enormous number of people?

If this virus was only of danger to a specific strata of human beings, that would narrow down the number of people in our family who are potentially life threatened until some kind of vaccine is developed. However, this is the case with my daughter who is struggling with a life threatening illness and lives far away in Florida. She, too, is at extreme risk if exposed to the virus and could easily lose her life if she is attacked by this horrendous bug.

In addition, the virus may create a death threat for individuals like myself who are old and struggle with lung problems. I have also received calls from several of our children who were truly concerned with how my husband and I were doing, as we are both 85, and are on the top of the list of those who face the greatest risk.

How sad that my husband finally received that call earlier today predicated upon his daughter's concern for how we are surviving in light of what is going on, when years have been lost in their relationship minus any person to person communication. He felt joy seeing a photo of his granddaughter who is engaged to be married, which she sent us later in the day.

I just needed to share my thoughts with those who read my words on The Latest, as it would appear that we all are so busy trying to survive ourselves that we miss the ramifications of all of this. However, it is a good sign that people are looking beyond their tiny world and reaching out to family and friends with whom they have had no contact, perhaps in years.

One might argue that something good can come of almost anything.

Marlene Geiser

Posted on March 25, 2020 17:20

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