While the nation and our community are focused on the presidential election, coronavirus rages on.
We must not ignore the pandemic.
Our complacency will mean more people will die.
Across the nation, records are being set for daily cases of the dangerous virus.
The Centers for Disease Control now predicts a quarter of a million American deaths will be attributed to COVID-19 by Thanksgiving.
We get it. Everyone is tired of talking about COVID-19.
People are tired of avoiding crowds, social distancing and wearing masks.
But ignoring something does not make it go away.
Ignoring this virus only makes it far more dangerous.
Throughout our community, people are acting as if everything is back to normal.
It is not.
It is not even close.
It is getting worse.
Cases are up.
Hospitalizations and deaths will follow.
As we have said repeatedly, COVID-19 does not know any political party and taking precautions must not be partisan.
We are not talking about what partisans have called "shutting down the economy."
We are talking about taking precautions, using common sense and being thoughtful regarding your fellow man and the most vulnerable among us.
Your own bravado and sense that you will be OK no matter what, puts others — especially the elderly and people with underlying conditions — at risk.
Here is what we are urging once again:
• Avoid gatherings, especially indoor gatherings where social distancing is not possible.
• Socially distance, keeping a distance of six feet or more from others who are not part of your nearest circle.
• Work remotely when that is possible.
• Wash your hands frequently.
• Wear protective masks when in public.
These are not difficult or unreasonable things to do, and they most certainly are not an attack on our liberty.