Hardly a day goes by that I don't wish this whole coronavirus thing were just a bad dream ... a dream that would end when I woke up and everything was back to normal.
"Social distancing" would yet to be introduced into our collective vocabularies. We would have no idea who Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx are and why knowing them had become a part of our daily routine.
My dad would have been the only person who — until the day he died — constantly reminded me of the values of washing your hands — even when there was no pandemic locking down our homes, businesses and putting an entire world on edge.
When it comes to understanding this invisible enemy we're battling, we're all living in a state of information overload. I say that despite getting the facts out to an audience of television viewers provided a living for me and my family for most of my working career.
There is literally nothing on the national networks and local news stations other than coverage of the COVID-19 virus. We get daily — if not more frequent — updates on the number of counties with confirmed cases and, sadly, the number of deaths associated with the outbreak. (That's why Turner Classic Movies has become an even bigger part of our daily routine.) We need to know what's going on — but we also need a break every now and then.
Back when I started in the news business, I would never have thought the president would use the term "fake news" on a regular basis. We simply couldn't imagine such a division in our country. It has left millions of Americans not knowing what or whom to believe.
Social media is often the lone source for the latest news on the virus for millions of people. These are folks who are heeding the advice to stay home during the outbreak. With this extra time on their hands, they find themselves glued to their computers, tablets and smart phones for even longer periods of time than normal.
There is so much information out there saying "do this" or "don't do that," many people are confused about what is safe and what's not. You have to find sources that you believe in and stick with them. Trust your instincts. If it doesn't pass "the sniff test," check elsewhere.
We've got to wait and see if there will be anything close to a "normal" political season where presidential, congressional, statewide and local candidates will be elected. Again, this is something to check out if you have the extra time. Get to know the candidates and what they stand for.
And when it comes to the fallout from a virtual lockdown of nonessential businesses across our country, who would have actually thought the first infusion of cash to try and cover our losses would be in the normally unthinkable "trillions" of dollars. And that's just the beginning.
I'm just sitting on the sidelines of it all — hoping for the Covid-19 to be whipped into submission by the mostly anonymous men and women of science who have dedicated their working careers to such projects.
We'll get through this — together.