If futuristic authors Ray Bradbury and George Orwell had written about a government that banned assemblies and public events, closed church services, schools, restaurants, and bars, forbid foreign travel, closed borders, and required people to stay in their homes until further notice, I would have thought they were writing about a terrible totalitarian dictatorship. Yet all of that is happening now because of a virus. Let us hope that these extraordinary and necessary measures are very temporary, and that our society does not shut down in the future every time there is a new virus in the world.

Daniel Haulman

Montgomery, Alabama