Editorial: Coming together, apart

Published: 3/23/2020 6:29:48 PM

As we navigate the ever-evolving, unprecedented safety protocols to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, one thing’s for certain — all the social distancing and avoiding physical contact we have to do can actually bring us closer together in the long run.

As we’ve moved more and more of our lives online over the past few decades, it’s been hard to ignore that the technology connecting us is leading us to increasingly isolated lives. But as we self-isolate for safety, those video chats, Facetime calls and online gaming conversations with friends and family we can’t see in person are increasingly important.

And as often happens in times of adversity, the community we live in is rising to the occasion. You’ll find several stories of neighbors helping neighbors and of community helping strangers in today’s paper, with many more to come.

People have been donating personal protective products to Monadnock Community Hospital and are now making cloth face masked to be used by store merchants and medical professionals. These are the people on the front lines, the ones who can’t work at home or avoid contact with the public.

We want to thank these people as well as our emergency responders, police, fire personnel and EMTs – because they too are on the front lines. And because our health professional, merchants and first responders are so important right now, we should all practice social distancing and self-isolation as we can so that any contact we might have with these community members will be safe.

Over the weekend New Hampshire lost its first resident to COVID-19, Monday afternoon Gov. Chris Sununu said that despite this he is not calling for a shelf-in-place order, but for ever-increasing individual responsibly in the name of the community. He encourages healthy people to get out check on an elderly or in-need neighbor – from the safe distance of six feet of course – and shovel their driveway or walkway. Be responsible with your freedom.


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