We are in a war without bullets, but the need for the medic is as real as it ever was.
It is a war against an invisible foe that attacks from all four borders.
It is a war that has suddenly changed the way we live our daily life.
The coronavirus is like all enemies in that it does not discriminate: two U.S. Congressmen have already been inflicted.
Mankind is targeted.
New phrases are surfacing such as social distance. It simply means keep a safe distance from others, particularly if you are in the high risk category of the elderly or already have respiratory issues.
I fall in both of those categories and have already accepted the fact.
Fortunately, the telephone and other electronic contact capabilities allow many of us to continue to work from our home.
Restaurants and bars are totally shut down by gubernatorial order, putting a throat-like vise on the nightlife and social scene.
Grocery stores and gas operators still function.
Town government is on lockdown mode in eyeball-to-eyeball contact with the public.
It is urgent that all of us adhere to the recommendations of those trained in disaster issues.
High tide is definitely in and it appears to be with us for a while.
If you notice, the Tribune office on North Center Street is closed to the public until March 31.
However, we continue to work to provide you with your weekly edition of community news.
I continue to keep in daily contact with the town manager, but the eyeball-to-eyeball conversations, jokes, gossip and handshaking has been set aside for a while.
We will win this battle, hopefully, with few casualties.
Prayers out to those in the trenches — the medical profession, police and fire, other emergency personnel and truckers, who are rolling down the highways 24/7 in the effort to keep the already-wounded economy operating.
We, in the media, are under continuous attack for what many feel is sensationalizing the issue.
I plead “not guilty” to that.
The Tribune will continue to provide you nothing but the facts and you can form your own opinion from there.
This is not a profession to sugarcoat an already ugly picture.
Learn to live with the changes we see in place already and be prepared to see more as we face an issue requiring constant change.
Check on your neighbors if they are elderly or pretty much alone.
And take care of your animals. Right now, they may be the only friends you can snuggle with or look at eyeball to eyeball.
We are all in this together and together we can beat it.
William Holloman is a staff writer at the Mount Olive Tribune.