My wife and I are longtime Garth Brooks fans. We’ve watched his mammoth television concerts in packed stadiums over the years. Last night, however, we saw him perform in a completely different way.
Brooks and his very talented wife, Trisha Yearwood, sang songs by request for an hour in a small studio accompanied only by his guitar. All proceeds benefited healthcare workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
Actor John Krasinski made news this week in a similar way, hosting a very funny new YouTube show called Some Good News. His daughters made the logo. He recorded the show while sitting behind a desk at home. Steve Carell was one of his guests; he did the segment from his home as well.
Here’s another sign of the times: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will reportedly stage a rematch of their winner-take-all, $9 million duel held in November 2018. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will apparently play with them. Spectators will not be allowed, however, and all proceeds will benefit charities associated with coronavirus relief.
Learning from Anne Frank
People are doing what they can to respond to what the United Nations chief calls “the greatest test that we have faced together” since World War II. COVID-19 is now the No. 3 cause of death in the US. In two weeks, its daily death toll could double to become our nation’s No. 1 killer, eclipsing heart disease.
Trials are now underway for a vaccine that would be the “ultimate game changer,” as White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said yesterday. Scientists in Australia have begun testing potential vaccines as well.
In the meantime, the most important way you and I can respond to this crisis is to practice the social and physical distancing that is crucial to slowing the spread of the disease. As one study shows, with normal behavior a single infected person will infect 406 people over thirty days. With 50 percent…