Steve Eighinger

We'll get through this; we're Americans — that's what we do

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Apr. 2, 2020 10:30 pm Updated: Apr. 2, 2020 11:03 pm

This an extremely sobering time to be a citizen of America.

In fact, it is an incredibly sobering time to be a citizen of the world.

The COVID-19 projections are not good for April, and as a country there's a growing certainty that we will be tested like never before against this invisible enemy.

As we continue to work our way through this unprecedented time — be it day by day, hour by hour or even minute by minute — here are a few thoughts on the responses to some of this week's most resonating sound bites:

"We should be prepared for the death of 100,000 to 200,000 Americans. We must be prepared that is a possibility. This is a very, very difficult time." — Dr. Anthony Fauci of the U.S. Coronavirus Task Force.

My thought: Fauci has become America's Doctor, the voice we are most drawn to in this perilous period. He appears to be a straight shooter and does not sugarcoat his statements, nor is he prone to exaggeration. I was surprised to find out he is 79 years old.

"There are difficult days ahead ... but do not be discouraged. For those working on the front lines, help is on the way. Thank you, America." — Vice President Mike Pence.

My thought: Pence is emerging as another comforting voice of reason, and I'm pretty sure that's exactly what we're going to need as April evolves.

"We underestimated this virus. It's more powerful, it's more dangerous than we expected. The duration itself is debilitating and exhausting and depressing. We are going to fight every way we can to save every life that we can." — Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York whose brother, Chris, an analyst for CNN, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.

My thought: "Exhausting and depressing." Yes it most certainly is.

Jockey clothing chairman and CEO Debra Waller talked about Americans as a whole. "Part of our DNA is to roll up our sleeves and help our country in her time of need. During World War II, we made parachutes for the military and today we are eager to serve this great country by providing support for the heath care workers on the front line of this fight. When we learned of the critical need for PPE, we knew we had to help."

My thought: We're seeing this across the nation, across the world. We're all being compelled to do things we never have done before, and when we finally get through this I am thoroughly convinced we will be even stronger as a city, state and nation.

"The apparent randomness of who gets hit and how hard is the most frightening part ... I had a meltdown and cried to my boyfriend ... I've held patients' hands through their final breaths ... It's a lonely death." — Emily Muzyka, a New York City nurse.

My thought: I cannot imagine being a doctor or nurse during this pandemic. I applaud you all, each and everyone.

"The bravery is incredible. This country is coming together like never before." — President Donald Trump.

My thought: Yes, I think we are, but we could be in for a long and possibly brutal spring and summer. Maybe even into the fall and winter.

But we'll get through it. We're Americans. That's what we do.