COVID-19, the Coronavirus

As I sit down to write this, I find the subject matter changes moment to moment and is something we cannot ignore, COVID-19. This pandemic, which was described to me as an epidemic on steroids, is affecting people all over the world. It started in Wuhan, China, and was, for a brief time, considered China’s health problem, but now it is a world-wide health issue.

Curiosity got the best of me, so I had to know the difference between the coronavirus and COVID-19. Lindsay Holmes wrote a good article for HUFFPOST which states the differences. She says “The ‘Coronavirus’ actually refers to a handful of diseases” and that the COVID-19 is a subset of this group. There are many other viruses that have been around for a long time and are a member of the coronavirus family. Lindsay goes on to say, “Experts refer to this coronavirus as the ‘novel coronavirus,’ meaning it’s a new type of coronavirus that was not previously known or understood by health experts. COVID-19 is the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.” Lindsey wraps up her article by saying “Be a good human – not only for yourself, but for others.”

Er Ralston, our TCTC Webmaster, has created a page on our website that is designed to give you information on the COVID-19, how it relates to our running community, and how we each can be a “Good Human.” 

As I read through the information on this page, it was disheartening to see the number of running events that have been canceled or postponed. Then I realized, we, the running community, are only doing our part to be good humans.

Until such time that we can run, race, congregate, and socialize together, please stay active, practice social distancing, wash your hands, and don’t hoard the toilet paper!