Saturday, June 6, 2020

Editorial: We need to thank, support essential workers

People walk around the checkout aisles at Meijer March 12, 2020 after MSU cancelled classes due to coronavirus.
People walk around the checkout aisles at Meijer March 12, 2020 after MSU cancelled classes due to coronavirus. —
Photo by Matt Schmucker | The State News

No matter how old you are or what part of the country you live in, the COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on everyone. Since a majority of us are now trying to work remotely  and practicing social distancing and self quarantining, many have found themselves without a job or in-person education. 

This sudden change is difficult, especially since most are not used to social isolation. 

But during these crazy times, remember those who are still working and putting themselves at risk. This includes medical professionals, law enforcement, sanitation teams, food workers, grocery store clerks and truck drivers among others. 

All of these workers are essential, especially now. Even though many of them are putting themselves at a very high risk of contracting the illness, they are still working to protect their own livelihood, to make sure the rest of us stay safe and to keep our cities functioning.

We at The State News want to thank these heroes, and encourage our audience to support them as much as possible.

That could mean donating money or goods to a cause fighting COVID-19, like the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, or Meals on Wheels America, which is safely delivering food to seniors.

There are other ways to help out as well, such as making masks for doctors and patients, ordering takeout from a local business or just by telling your supermarket cashier to have a nice day and to stay safe.

Also, make sure you are following the proper actions to protect these workers and the community as a whole. Wash your hands, avoid touching your face, maintain at least six feet between yourself and the people around you, only go to the doctor for urgent appointments and only go to the grocery store when necessary.

All of these precautions will keep you and the people around you safe, especially those who are risking their health for the rest of us.

The State News Editorial Board is composed of Editor-in-Chief Madison O’Connor, Managing Editor Mila Murray, Copy Chief Alan Hettinger, Campus Editor Evan Jones, City Editor Haley Sinclair, Sports Editor Chase Michaelson, Photo Editor Annie Barker, Multimedia Editor Tessa Osborne, Social Media and Engagement Editor Wolfgang Ruth, Staff Representative Maddie Monroe and Diversity and Inclusion Representative Chandra Fleming. 

Social Media and Engagement Editor Wolfgang Ruth and Diversity and Inclusion Representative Chandra Fleming did not sit in on this editorial board meeting.

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