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My day as a Coronavirus hostage

My day as a Coronavirus hostage

The Novel Coronavirus is unique in more than one way.  It will impact each of us differently.  That made me ponder the impact of the Coronavirus on my own daily life.  I am one of the lucky ones … so far.  The disease has not found its way into my life in any dramatic or tragic manner.

As I carry on, I still get to talk to a lot of people.  There seems to be a disconnect with the hysterical reporting we see on television and the attitude of the average person-on-the-street.  The reality of daily life seems inconsistent with the dramatic reports I see on the news.  It is the nature of news to focus on the unusual – and even to make the unusual appear to be the usual.  I see that differentiation when I go out and about.

We do not shake hands anymore and we keep a bit more distance for the most part – but not the six feet recommended by the medical professionals.  The grocery stores may be a bit less crowded – and there are a few folks wearing rubber gloves and even fewer with masks.  Interestingly, those without any protective gear seem to be disproportionately the older folks – like myself.

The store has long provided hand sanitizing sheets at the door.  They were rarely used in the past – and I have yet to see anyone using them in my past three trips to the store.  Perhaps that the staff is wiping down every shopping cart as it is returned to the store is a reason.

As we pass within inches of each other in the aisles, no one jumps back or warns to stay back.  In fact, we often smile — or even exchange a pleasantry.  People in the checkout line maintain no more distance than the length of the shopping cart.  I have not seen any without a cart standing  back – and no one tells them to do so.   If we speak of the virus there seems concern, but an utter lack of fear.  In fact, they are more likely to shrug it all off.

Vegetables are being picked up, examined and often returned to the bin as usual.  Sensitized by the media warnings, I paid attention to face touching.  Since I never observed it before, I cannot say it is not diminished, but — oh my god! – I never realized how much we all unconsciously touch our own faces.  We scratch.  We rub. We wipe.  We swipe.  We cannot seem to think without putting our hand to our forehead – to ponder without rubbing our chin.  We flick our nose with our thumb and clear the corner of our eyes with a finger.  And I have no idea why we suddenly decide to pull on our earlobe.

Eggs and meats seem to be the scarcest items.  Toilet paper was gone from the shelves for a day or two, but it is again available – one package to a customer.  I have gone to the store three out of the last four days to get eggs.  They now have a one-to-a-customer supply limit.

I thought it was humorous to think that they tell us to say home, but by limiting one dozen eggs to a customer, they necessitate that I head to the store every other day for … eggs.  Three people can go through a dozen eggs quickly.

When I went to pick up a prescription, the pharmacy staff did not wear gloves or masks.  Everything seemed quite normal.  The tennis courts I used to use at any time are now crowded at every hour – mostly folks over 50.  Well after all, I do live in southern Florida.  No matter where I go almost everyone is over 50.

South Florida is experiencing a greater outbreak than other parts of the nation – except New York City.  That is likely to be the reason.  Seems like every other person you meet down here is from New York.  Many spend their summers here.  We call them “snowbirds.”  This year, they do not seem to be flying north on schedule.  In fact, the airlines report an unusually large number of folks flying here from New York.  For years, they have been infecting Florida with their left-wing politics and now they are bringing us the Coronavirus.  Thank you, New York.

Since my job is writing commentaries for a number of online news sites, my life has not changed all that much.  I have been a home worker for the almost 45 years I ran my consulting business.  I was ahead of my time.

My youngest son, Alex, 26, lives with me now.  He had supplemented his wrestling, acting, modeling, musician career by being a part-time Panera delivery boy.  Ironically, the job taken to supplement his income is now

Bugs Moran, the Hobo Prince (Larry's son), Southeastern Heavyweight Champion, Coastal Championship Wrestling.

Bugs Moran, the Hobo Prince (Larry’s son), Southeastern Heavyweight Champion, Coastal Championship Wrestling.

his only source of income – and his hours have been extended.  He also said the tips are significantly better.  He

does not interact with customers.  They order, pay and tip on the phone or computer.  He drops the food at their door and calls them to retrieve it.

My sacrifices are nominal — hardly to be characterized as problems.  I have had to postpone some minor hernia surgery. No big deal.   I am unable to go to restaurants for my favorite foods – Chicago-style hot dogs, pizza, gyros, egg foo young with fried rice and a great bar burger.  That IS a big deal.  For me, a greater problem than the hernia operation.

I am, however, deeply appreciative of my own good fortune – or lack of bad fortune – and extremely empathetic for all those who have far greater problems and are making much greater sacrifices.

People will die and leave behind family and friends to grieve them.  But for the most part, we the people will get through this time and hopefully be stronger and better for it.  I can only hope and pray that as the virus subsides, it will take with it the acrimony and hatefulness that has infected our political and civil discourse.

We cannot know the future, but my personal mantra of the moment is, “so far, so good.”  And for those less fortunate than me, we can only trust in the biblical assurance  that “this too shall pass.”

So, there ‘tis.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Craig Michael Vandertie

    The members of the Democratic party, their Globalist masters and the deceit disseminating data network commentator are spreading panic and fear among the populace because total chaos promotes their interests.

  2. Kurt Walker

    Any logical thinking person, regardless of political party, should know by now that NOBODY, not even the experts, know what we are dealing with in this pandemic. I feel sure that this virus escaped from a laboratory somewhere, probably China, and until we know what it is and how it happened there is NO way to attack it. But there is one thing absolutely sure. We can’t keep hiding from it, in fact we don’t know for sure we are accomplishing anything in hiding. It has been known to get into homes through packaging. AND When you do come out it’s still there. The best we can do is protect ourselves with whatever means we have available and try NOT TO spread it. SO good luck everybody.

  3. Maggie Belmonte

    I so much enjoy your writings Larry. When this traumatic event ends, sooner I pray, people will realize what is important in their lives. That smile, friendly gesture, those prayers, etc.

    So I wish good health and love to all.

  4. Karen

    Isn’t I t typical that Dems would put a 25 million dollar slush fund for themselves… Without any culpability of the funds?? Remember Pelosi saying ” this is for the coronavirus only”??! Then why do they have a slush fund, 25 mil for Kennedy space Center , there was one more thing which at thus moment I can’t remember…. Why do they need a slush fund….. I mean they make good money? Anything they do is always something snuck into the bill for theirselves …. It’s getting a little disgusting!!! Trump has been blamed. For a lot…… But he is the one getting things done for supplies for everything! Yes businesses are helping with a lot of equipment being processed… Thanks to obamma and Biden for failing to replenish the materials they used…. And it was. Trump finding. NY’ s respirators. Sitting in a NJ. Warehouse waiting to be picked up for a long while….. Yes he has had a lot of help with fighting this epidemic….. But don’t downplay what he has done…..without any help from the democrats!!!!!

  5. Knobby

    There are microbiologists and other professionals smarter than me that speculate the this SARS nCoV-2 (or COVID-19) is a man-made version of the SARS virus. Wuhan is known to be the home of a biology research center. SARS came and went. This will come and go also.

    Some virus infections stay in the body after the initial infection and only show symptoms when the carrier (person) is weakened. Cold sores are a symptom of HSV-1 (herpes simplex virus 1). The symptoms can be squelched or kept at bay with medication, but once infected, you have the virus in your bloodstream for life, and you can infect others when symptoms are present.

    This SARS nCoV-2 (COVID-19) virus may be one that stays with you for life, but has respiratory symptoms. If it is a product of genetic engineering, it may evolve like other life forms, or it may die off, since no one really knows what the key to survival at the genetic level looks like. We can only hope.

  6. Eli

    Physicians have credited Hydroxychloroquine for helping COVID 19 patients recover in a few days. We need to take steps for precaution, yet get back to saving America. In 2017-2018, the CDC, stated, we had 45 million Americans with the flu, 810,000 hospitalized, and 60,000 died. Now, we did have a vaccine for that, I imagine, but no Democrat outcry or complaints, of stop the world, we want to get off. We didn’t get the media’s obsessive daily report to keep people in fear. We continued to cope without shutting down our economy. The ships outside of California and New York should have the COVID patients, so it can be set up with ventilators and supplies needed for them. But they said, their numbers have diminished, and so has America. We’ve all learned a lesson,on how quickly your freedom can be taken and your rights removed. But thank God that President Trump and V.P. Pence have been keeping in touch with the public and doing all they can.