Dear Precious Friends:
First and foremost, our hearts go out to anyone who's been impacted by the virus, either directly or indirectly. We have been through a lot together over the years. We have lived through attacks, bombings, mega huge storms & natural disasters, economic downturns, unemployment, strikes, bad governance, fuel shortages, blackouts and now this: a pandemic viral invasion. Our lives are a wild ride but not necessarily fun or amusing.
Now we have all been made to separate for our own good (rightly so), restrained and under house arrest so to speak, and to top it all off, warned to keep at least six feet away from each other. This is very hard on the huggers, and though I never considered myself one of these, I have never felt such a desperate need for an embrace. Coupled with the instructions to constantly wash your hands, I can't help but think of the ever popular Lady MacBeth who could not eradicate bloody guilt no matter how often she washed her hands, in order to stop the spread of this plague, the coronavirus.
The blame game will get us nowhere. This is not the time to be divisive. All of us in the Blondie family were looking forward to a season of concerts and festivals as I am sure you were too. Clearly we have to fight this disease with everything we've got. During these times, we need social solidarity. We all have an ethical obligation to curtail activities and maintain vigilance with practicing social + physical distancing. The decisions we make now will ultimately affect the trajectory of this global outbreak.