March 24, 2020

Stay at home orders have been given by the Mayor and County Judge amid the Covid-19 pandemic.  Don't Panic.


Rule #1: Don’t Panic
Rule #2: IF you begin to panic, refer to RULE #1

These are definitely strange and seemingly scary times we live in.  There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic has upended life and society as we know it.  The virus itself has singlehandedly brought not only our nation to a screeching halt, but the world as well.  For all intents and purposes, things will get worse before they get better as presently there is no end in site.

Mayor Ron Nirenberg along with County Judge Nelson Wolff have issued a “Stay Home, Work Safe” emergency order directing residents to shelter at home with the exception of crucial errands and job duties.  Restaurants will remain open for delivery and takeout orders, as will grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies and other essential businesses. The order will be in effect beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 and will remain in effect until April 9 unless extended.



I began this article with two rules that tend to govern my thoughts and actions.  The gist of those two simple rules is actually quite elementary; DON’T PANIC.  It is in times of crises that panic becomes a bigger enemy than the problem itself.  Panic is what is creating the long lines, early closures, and supply shortages at our grocery stores.  I can assure you, as the most industrialized nation in the world, we will not run out of food.  It is in these times when we should take a step back in order to find the clarity needed to formulate sound solutions.  That clarity can’t be found in times of panic.

What’s reassuring is as a community of color we are prepared.  Proper preparedness should prevent panic. As communities of color, going without is nothing new.  Rationing is a way of life.  Prioritizing which bill gets paid and which one doesn’t is a constant. There’s talk that the Coronavirus has created a “financial crisis” in this country. Newsflash, there’s a financial crisis in communities of color everyday.  As a community, we can get through this the same way we’ve gotten through everything else in our history, with resilience.

We urge not only our community but the San Antonio community as a whole to remain calm during the “Stay Home, Work Safe” emergency order.  It is important to follow the directives of our city leadership and health officials.  Here at the Observer will continue to provide information as it is made available to keep you informed. 

Yes, the COVID-19 virus is serious. The number of confirmed cases that have exploded and the rise in the number of related deaths worldwide confirm the seriousness of the virus. It’s nothing however that common sense measures like washing your hands and staying away from people can’t solve. Small inconveniences now can prevent long term damage later.




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