The politicization of the coronavirus is perhaps the most disturbing and reprehensible political tactic in this election cycle. Let us hope it was only done out of ignorance.
In the last two months, 89,000 people have contracted the virus and 3,000 have died. If it takes several days for this letter to be printed, that number will surely be more. We are in the midst of an international pandemic.
This virus will rock our nation and countries throughout the world. With its slow incubation period and highly contagious nature, it can spread through communities before it is even detected.
Beyond the human suffering caused by the illness, people throughout the world will be impacted on multiple levels. Everyday travel and everyday commerce will certainly be affected. Our financial markets will continue to be disrupted. Quite possibly, even the basic necessities will face shortages. Medical supplies and health providers will be taxed to the limit. Quite possibly, our primary elections will see voters staying away from the public polling places, skewing the true will of the people.
Now is not the time for political grandstanding or hoping for negative conditions to create an advantage. Now is the time for the country to unite and put aside our political differences.