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‘Coronavirus is a silent war’

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In a letter to The Clare Echo, Corofin native Dermot Hayes says in the darkness we can be creative.

From Wuhan in China to Ireland in a matter of weeks this Coronavirus has paralysed our economy entirely. With thousands out of work and huge efforts by all politicians to keep us all calm and adjust of behaviour radically. By all reports it a global crisis. Stock markets have tumbled. To quote Fr Peter McVerry “we have gone from a society where individualism was rewarded to collectively encouraging society to work together while staying apart”.

I myself am very conscious of Coronavirus as I have a significant underlying condition. The HSE and the Government have pulled out all the stop without having to impose rigorous measures. Therefore, it very much up to each person to follow the guidelines set down. Simple things like washing the hands, not shaking hands or hugging and of course to stay back from others when out. This silent war is ending people lives from all genders and social class.

I am very conscious of the thousands of people with disabilities that were used to travelling to a service each day are now at home. Restricted and now find themselves self-isolating. This is an immensely difficult time for many thousands of people. This is very difficult especially when wall to wall information on Coronavirus been can be very depressing. This is a time when social media can play an important role. Also, a time for us all to use our imagination and be creative. No matter how silly the idea.

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