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On coronavirus, let’s do all we can right now

Here’s what readers are saying in Tuesday’s letters to the editor
Medical supplies are displayed before a news conference with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the Jacob Javits Center, March 23, 2020, in New York. New York City hospitals are just 10 days from running out of "really basic supplies," Mayor Bill de Blasio said late Sunday. [JOHN MINCHILLO | AP]

Let’s all do what we can now


A writer asks: “At what point are the precautionary steps more painful or damaging than the virus?” We aren’t close to an answer. It will depend on the lens through which you view the world and facts assessed after this horrible event has passed. Our ancestors who survived the Great Depression didn’t have much choice. We may. So, I will ask a question that each of us may be able to answer for ourselves now: At what point will we know we have done everything we can to help our fellow humans through this trial? This would be a good time to use your imagination.

David Rettig, St. Petersburg

Labels foster prejudice

In this March 18, 2020 photo, people buy pork at the entrance gate of a closed residential community in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. [AP]

Describing COVID-19 virus as a “Chinese” virus correlates directly with those misinformed people in the 1980s who called HIV the “gay plague.” Many of us lived through that time accompanied by fear of the unknown, with some clergy calling it “God’s punishment.” We lost family and friends and lived with the stigma until it became everyone’s disease just as virologists had suspected. Please develop a sense of empathy and understand the president naming a virus “Chinese” will promote another stigma.

Ron Skidmore, Largo

Glad for those who help

I was pleased to read that local individuals and businesses are moving to lessen the impact of the virus. They have not forgotten that we are all in this together.

Anthony Moore, Tampa