Dennis Wilson of Niceville says we must take a no-holds barred approach to beating COVID-19.

Coronavirus is dangerous because it is silent, pervasive, deadly and only truly diagnoses after it damages one's health or takes a life.


Defeating this virus requires "all hands on deck" with every segment of America engaged. While doctors and nurses risk their our health and life in this battle, the general public also has a role to play.


Unfortunately the few essential ways that people can respond (washing hands and staying away from crowds) have been neglected by some. Two reasons many have shirked their responsibility are ignorance and arrogance.


Ignorance: In America there is a segment that is totally unaware of the threat or simply incapable of understanding. Some have become suspicious of the news media due to the fake news mania. They simply ignore the truth even if carried on CNN or FOX News.


Arrogance: It is human nature to be self-centered and see things only from our own personal perspective and for our pleasure. Many are intellectually aware of the threat but give in to their selfish desires to do as they wish. This need to fulfill personal satisfaction trumps (no pun here) logical thinking to address this threat to America's health and prosperity.


Those who join large numbers at the beaches or insist on gathering with others in bars and restaurants are more concerned about themselves than for their fellow Americans in this fight.


This battle will last for months and thus we must subordinate personal interest for the greater good of defeating a major threat as we did during The Great Depression and also during WWII.


Dennis Wilson, Niceville


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