We have all been learning a lot of ominous new words over the past two weeks in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, including coronavirus, community transmission, social distancing and self-quarantining. Another word, caremongering, also entered our vocabulary. A play on the word scaremongers, caremongers practise and disburse kindness and neighbourliness, and in this time of social distancing are actively working to bring our community closer together.
Signs of hope are literally appearing across the Valley, most notably in rainbow form displayed in windows with the words “Ça va bien aller” or “Everything will be all right.” So many of the ever increasingly stringent measures aimed at curbing the disease seem on the surface to be potentially damaging to our sense of community as they push us all deeper into isolation. The Valley is resilient, as are communities around the world, and while this is without a doubt a dark time, we will find the light. It is also important to remember that these extreme measures are at their root an inherently hopeful act of community that will help to slow the spread of this virus and give our health care system the chance that it needs to keep all of us well. We will get through this.