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PETERS – Will this pandemic pull us all together or wedge us apart?

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LAST WEEK, I referred to COVID-19 as a virus that has destroyed our ability to trust each other.

Its devastating health impacts have made it the fourth-leading cause of death in the world since the beginning of 2020. Those who don’t get the virus, however, still seem to be infected with a nagging sense of suspicion.

Many of us no longer trust government officials and politicians — if we ever did.

And a few no longer trust medical professionals who have sworn an oath to help and do no harm.

Perhaps saddest of all, it seems difficult for many of us to trust each other.

COVID-19 has split up friendships and families along lines drawn based on how we believe we — both authorities and average folks — should be reacting to it.

 Going out in public involves encountering other people, many of whom we either see or suspect are not responding as we would.

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James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.

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1 Comment on PETERS – Will this pandemic pull us all together or wedge us apart?

  1. We are social creatures, for the most part. Although for political reasons certain people are hell bent in keeping that natural state from running its course. Let’s hope the people writing stuff with access to broadcasting platforms will prevent more “wedging” and promote more “bridging”.

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