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Proffitt Report: Beating the unknown of coronavirus

We can’t board ourselves up in our houses if we’re healthy. We need to live by facts, not fear.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — WHAS11 Anchor Doug Proffitt shares his commentary on coronavirus in Louisville:

I want to take a moment to talk about the past few days we have just experienced. This week has been unreal, mind-blowing and historic.

Unlike a snow storm, severe weather or other disaster, the coronavirus’ impact on our lives, whether you get it or not, isn’t going to be over anytime soon.

After today’s 6 p.m. newscast I wanted to see if you’re staying home. I was pleased to see every parking spot full in the Nulu neighborhood.

But when I walked into a restaurant for carry-out, I was greeted with a new sign of our strange times that read, “Wash your hands for 20 seconds before dining with us.”

Restaurants tell me the cars I saw in Nulu are deceiving. Cancellations are piling up.

We support our local businesses in this community and always have. I’m most worried about the part-time workers in the fallout from this.

We can’t board ourselves up in our houses if we’re healthy. We need to live by facts, not fear.

Be smart and considerate. Greet and talk to people from a distance. Do everything you can to cover your coughs and sneezes.

Kentucky is not always the first to do things, but we’re leading the way with school closings, being among a few states who have done so to flatten the curve. JCPS isn’t just closing school, they are making sure kids get a free meal everyday at more than 40 sites.

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I didn’t have to look hard to see how so many people are on the same page.

Don’t change how you treat others. Talk to elderly neighbors who may be frightened with the crush of coronavirus news.

And the uproar over churches closing for Sunday services? Mine is closed, but that isn’t stopping me from praying for you, my family, my coworkers and my city.

In just 30 minutes tonight, I saw the difference already. It is small steps in a momentum that can beat the unknown.

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