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Coronavirus? We’re an elderly couple and we’re coping by looking at the upside

Here’s what readers are saying in Wednesday’s letters to the editor.
An elderly couple walks down a hall of a nursing home in Pennsylvania. [MATT ROURKE  |  AP]
An elderly couple walks down a hall of a nursing home in Pennsylvania. [MATT ROURKE | AP]

Let’s accentuate the positives


We are an elderly couple coping with the fallout of the coronavirus. Has it had negative effects? Of course. We cannot play bridge and meet with friends. We missed my granddaughter’s debut as lead ballet dancer. My niece and husband have canceled their annual visit from the United Kingdom. But we are positive in outlook. All of these will return, perhaps at a better time. We have five lovely parks and the beach nearby, and we walk daily and enjoy them. We have always been active people and twice weekly hit tennis balls. We look at all the positives and reach out to them. It is the only way to go.

Valerie Visnage, Seminole

Those who stock also serve

Shoppers walk through a near empty produce aisle at the Publix at Northeast Shopping Center Sunday, March 15, 2020 in St. Petersburg, FL. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]

Today, while shopping at Publix, I thanked all the Publix associates I saw (as well as the outside vendors stocking shelves) for providing us with food and prescriptions at the same time that government officials are telling the public to stay home. Just like our law enforcement, fire, EMS, doctors, nurses and hospital personnel, these grocery store workers are displaying selflessness and personal courage in their line of work. Many members of the general public need to pay attention to this and stop their selfish hoarding activity.

Susie Hoeller, Lutz

Try self-isolating in a foxhole

I am pretty sure that anyone with 100 rolls of toilet paper and 50 bottles of hand sanitizer never shared a foxhole with anyone.

James Miller, Tampa

Why we have experts

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, turns from the podium as President Donald Trump listens during a press briefing with the coronavirus task force, at the White House, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) [EVAN VUCCI | AP]

It’s all a hoax. It’s a fake catastrophe. The liberals, the media and the Deep State just want to slow down business. Doesn’t this response to the coronavirus remind you of how these same people respond to global warming? There is a reason people get an education and take up careers in science. It’s so we can have experts available in times of crisis and intelligent discussion about how to proceed. Maybe we should be listening to them rather than politicians.

Scott Cochran, Tampa

What is recovery like?

If the number of people contracting and ultimately dying from regular seasonal flu to date were reported and compared to the number of COVID-19 cases, it might offer some perspective into the severity of each strain. What about the people who had COVID-19 and have recovered? I’ve seen no reporting on what their experience was like. Right now, everything we hear is gloom and doom. A little bit of good news could be helpful.

Ray Setzke, Wimauma

An old article worth reading

Pigs stand in a barn at a pig farm in Jiangjiaqiao village in northern China's Hebei province. [MARK SCHIEFELBEIN | AP]

In catching up on my reading I ran across “Flu On The Farm,” a very interesting two pages by Cassandra Willyard in the Sept. 19, 2019, issue of Nature. She touches on the history of pandemics, the link to animals and farming, the Chinese connection, types of viruses and the inherent difficulty in countering their spread. The article subtitle is, “Farms help to spread influenza but they might be an early warning system for the next human pandemic,” and it goes on to say, “Another influenza pandemic is inevitable and no one knows exactly what it will look like.” This was printed months ago, but our present situation punctuates her message.

Jim Thomas, Tampa

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