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Why can't we look out for each other?

COVID-19 co-op

This is one of the most important documents ever created. However, it's not as important as caring for our fellow man.

We've been doing this social distancing thing for almost four weeks. We should stay six feet or more away from each other to keep the spread of the coronavirus at bay and stay home unless there is absolutely a need to go out to get food or medicine. How hard is that?

From comments I've read on the internet about disobedience toward law enforcement and saying South Carolina is now a police state because Gov. Henry McMaster put a work-or-home order in place, I'm wondering about the mental well-being of the residents of South Carolina.

Yes, we all have rights to carry firearms, assemble, protest, worship, etc. However, when the well-being of people of the state, nation and world is at stake, we should, as human beings, be willing to make sacrifices. 

I don't want to be stuck at home (when I'm not at work, that is). My wife and son have told me on many occasions how much they want to go back to school. These are sacrifices my family are taking to not only protect ourselves from getting this insidious virus, but to keep others safe as well. I'm willing, as is my family, to forego my constitutional rights for a short time (that's key) to allow society to heal and fight this disease before things get worse.

I get it. People want to be able to live their lives as normally as possible, and to be told by the government, no less, that they can't do that while a potentially deadly disease is spreading like wildfire, causes great consternation.

If we would all put aside our selfish wants and look toward the greater good of humanity, I truly believe we would not only get through this public health crisis faster, but we might actually improve our relationships with each other because we are putting others' need ahead of our own.

I am a Christian. I'm proud of that fact. Jesus sacrificed himself to help Man escape God's eternal punishment. He didn't do it to draw attention to himself or get pity. Jesus saw the big picture and didn't want his father's creation to suffer and die for all eternity, so he made the ultimate sacrifice, for others. 

If he could undergo the torture, pain and suffering to save all of humanity, we should be able to stay home for a few weeks and let this coronavirus pass us by. That should be easy, right?

Simmonds is a page designer at the Index-Journal. He can be reached at

About this blog

From telecommuting to the new public home school model, a growing number of us are homebound for the foreseeable future as we take unprecedented steps to slow and hopefully stop the spread of the new coronavirus that is sweeping the world. This blog is our attempt to catalog some of the daily changes we are experiencing together. If you want to share your story with us, email us at



On Sunday, the Palmetto State recorded its highest number of new COVID-19 cases in nearly two months as the nation is seeing its highest number of daily new cases.

State health officials reported 628 new confirmed cases and 57 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, as well as 14 additional confirmed deaths and two new probable deaths.

State health officials reported 784 new confirmed cases and 83 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, as well as 18 additional confirmed deaths and 5 new probable deaths.

State health officials reported 921 new confirmed cases and 79 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, as well as 40 additional confirmed deaths and 10 new probable deaths.

State health officials reported 686 new confirmed cases and 86 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, along with 11 additional confirmed deaths and 1 new probable death.

State health officials reported 666 new confirmed cases and 66 new probable cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, along with 25 additional confirmed deaths and 10 new probable deaths.