Former First Lady Michelle Obama offered advice on Sunday to all those feeling “overwhelmed” by the coronavirus turmoil.
With thousands affected by the virus, there is a genuine undercurrent of fear for what the coming weeks will bring. Avoiding national and local panic is more important than ever — and according to the Daily Caller, Mrs. Obama is doing her part.
Figuring this out together
“These past few weeks have been scary and difficult for many of us,” Obama wrote in an Instagram post Sunday. “We just don’t have a road map for what we’re currently experiencing — that in and of itself can bring up feelings of anxiety, loneliness, and fear. Not to mention the worry we feel about the health and safety of our parents, children, and loved ones and the financial security of so many families.”
She went on: “Whatever you’re going through right now, I want you to know you aren’t alone. Even as we practice social distancing, this new normal is something we are figuring out together.”
As the coronavirus crisis intensifies in the U.S., the lives and routines of millions of Americans have been disrupted in a way that has virtually no precedent.
The uncertainty and fear have led many to lash out at one another — but as Obama pointed out, we as a nation must figure this out together.
Fox’s Judge Jeanine Pirro issued a similar message of unity on Saturday evening, saying that “we are getting close to our humanity, our faith and our purpose in life. The silence of isolation is deafening, and it is forcing us to think about our purpose.”
“We are social beings,” Pirro added, according to Fox News. “But maybe the silver lining will be the time we have to self examine, reflect and get closer to our creator. The darkness of the present will only fade as the brightness of the future is just beyond the horizon.”
An opportunity to unite
Indeed, COVID-19 has provided an opportunity for Americans to unite after years of political division.
There are 60,653 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with 827 deaths. The coronavirus is affecting everyone, and officials say that the nation has not experienced the peak of the outbreak yet.
Americans have been viciously divided by petty politics and a media all too willing to exploit the situation. Now, with everyone experiencing the ravages of this pandemic, we are all in the same boat.
Even David Bossie, president of Citizens United said recently, according to Fox: “Even in this time of bitter partisanship, Democrats and Republicans in Congress are finding common ground and joining with President Trump in a bipartisan effort to respond to the surprise attack on our health and our economy by the coronavirus pandemic.”