As the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic spreads around the world, it is important that we all realize the impact that this virus has had on essential workers and low-wage laborers who support the global consumer economy. There are people who are still getting up and going to work every day, so that we can all enjoy the various luxuries that we have grown accustomed to enjoying.
As a factory worker, my heart goes out to the millions of workers who are have faced layoffs or payment cuts at the hands of this virus. This health crisis has caused the nation to see an extremely high rate of unemployment that we have not seen previously. It is time that we all do our part to flatten the curve and prevent the further spread of this virus. Millions of people cannot afford to be out of work for this extended amount of time.
We must all do our part to save lives. Governor Whitmer has enacted a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order to protect us from spreading and catching the virus. This means that unless you are leaving your home for essential items, you must stay home. Going outside to meet friends or family is not considered essential! It is possible that you or someone you know could have the virus and not know it because there are no symptoms. This is why it is important to keep a safe distance. When you go out, it is important that you wear a face mask and gloves. Social distancing is very important, because the virus is airborne. We must stay six feet away from the next person and not gather in large groups.
These may seem like tedious rules, but they are very important for the safety of everyone. If you find yourself bored in the house, there are many activities that you can do to pass the time. Now is the time that you can strengthen the relationships within your household. Try playing board games or card games, learn new recipes and cook them together, exercise or have dance parties. Whatever you, stay inside and stay safe.
We are all making various sacrifices during these unprecedented times. I am sure that you miss your loved ones, but we can make an effort to stay connected by calling or texting them. Encourage them to stay inside and follow the guidelines given to us by medical professionals. What is most important is keeping your loved ones safe and healthy.
Stay home and Stay safe!
- By Donson M. McCann, Sr.
— Donson M. McCann, Sr. is a repairman with UAW Local 600 at the Ford Rouge Plant.