SACRIFICE IS THE
KEY TO OVERCOMING
Every American wants this pandemic to end
yesterday, and desires a return to normal life
even sooner than that. The reality is, that’s not
going to happen overnight.
We New Yorkers have been toughing out the coronavirus
crisis for two months now. It has not been easy,
but we’ve done a damn good job of flattening the curve.
Still, there’s a long way to go; scores are still dying of
The weekend brought some of the best weather
New York has seen in weeks. The sun shined through
the warm, yet comfortable air. Thousands took to city
parks to enjoy it all, albeit while practicing social distancing
and wearing masks.
But the pandemic is growing across the country, including
in states like Florida and Georgia which have
relaxed social distancing rules. Beaches and streets are
crowded there; most people aren’t social distancing or
wearing masks. We cringe over these images.
Then there are protesters converging on state capitals
with demands to reopen immediately in spite of all
evidence, reason and understanding about coronavirus.
Many of them think this is all a big sham — as if
the states just decided one day to close themselves up
and tank their economies without a valid reason.
Here in New York, we’ve seen the horrifying body
count. We’ve heard the terrible tales of suffering and
death coming from inside our hospitals. The rest of
the country can take our word for it: Coronavirus is a
killer, and we’ve got to do what we must to protect ourselves
and our families from contracting it.
That means a lot of sacrifice. We’ve already sacrificed
plenty; we will need to sacrifice more, until an effective
cure or vaccine is finally available.
Does that mean we’ll have to be shut-ins for the rest
of the year? No.
We’re confident that within weeks, when the coronavirus
case numbers are low, we’ll see the city reopen
in pieces. But we can rule out large gatherings for a
And when we go out, we’ll need to wear masks to
protect ourselves, and others.
We want to get back to normal someday, and we will.
But someday will come much sooner if we continue to
do what we’ve done the last eight weeks — change our
behavior to protect ourselves, and each other.
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People walk at Central Park maintaining social distancing norms on May 2, 2020.