A few weeks ago—maybe even a few days ago—being asked to stay home with not much to do but watch Netflix and cycle through your collection of sweatpants might have sounded pretty good. Fun, even. But that was then, and this now: A new reality we’re grappling with in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The most frightening and frustrating part of this reality is that we’re being urged by lawmakers to remain inside our homes to limit contact with others, even those we love. The mandate isn’t in vain: Staying home is the single most important thing we can do to slow the spread of the Coronavirus and to protect those in our communities who are most vulnerable to it.
An exception to this rule is, of course, health workers, emergency-response personnel, grocery store employees, pharmacists, and others whose essential jobs we depend on. They must go out to perform life-saving tasks, and for that we should all be grateful.
They’re doing their part, and you can do yours: think positively. Be patient but upfront with your children. Read a book. Brainstorm ways to help your local businesses which might be struggling. Take this opportunity to reflect. There will be plenty of time to cheers with your friends in bars, ride the bus, linger over long dinners, and hit the beach for a much-deserved vacation. The future is bright, but the present is challenging.
The good news is that we’re all in this together, so the Glamour team is joining our colleagues at Vogue and taking the pledge to stay calm, to stay safe, and—if you can—to stay home. We hope you’ll do the same.
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