EDITORIAL: It can happen to anyone, so stay vigilant

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The seriousness of the coronavirus didn’t hit home for many in North America until the second week in March.


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It was on March 11 that we learned both that Tom Hanks and his wife had tested positive for the virus and that the NBA was shutting down for the season.

Until then, many people considered the coronavirus something that was happening on the opposite side of the world, something that didn’t concern them.

Then, a few days later, the lockdowns began.

Now, we’re more than seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. We’re starting to climb out of it.

Provinces and states across North America are currently in various stages of re-openings and most people couldn’t be happier to get out and about and enjoy the summer.

The big questions that remain are when workers will return to the office, when kids will return to school and when bums will get back into seats to watch music and sports.

But professional sports is already experiencing a hiccup with its re-openings. On June 19, the Sun confirmed that Maple Leafs superstar Auston Matthews had tested positive for COVID-19.

“Matthews, 22, has apparently gone into quarantine at his home in Arizona, hoping to be healthy enough and eligible to travel to Toronto and participate in the opening of Leafs camp on July 10,” reports Steve Simmons.

At the same time, the Philadelphia Phillies have been dealing with an outbreak at their baseball training facility in Clearwater, Florida.

We wish these athletes well, as everyone is rooting for a return to sports.

But this should serve as a reminder to people in much the same way that the NBA closure was an early wake-up call.

If star athletes can still get COVID-19, anyone can.

We don’t want to risk our re-discovered freedoms and chance a return to more restrictions. We need to do this right.

That doesn’t mean everyone hiding in their basements. But it does mean that social distancing and enhanced hygiene are recommended for a reason.

There are many people who don’t have any friends or family members who have tested positive. They may then feel like the virus has all but disappeared.

The Auston Matthews story proves otherwise. Let’s remain vigilant.


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