Courtesy of Newsweek:

Former President Barack Obama has expressed his gratitude to workers on the front line of America’s coronavirus outbreak, adding that leaders must step up to guide the response and ensure support for those who will struggle with the economic impact of the pandemic.

Obama has been sharing advice on how to respond to the virus, which has now spread all over the country and infected at least 3,774 people in the U.S. On Sunday, the former president wrote on Twitter: “Leaders have to step up to support people whose lives and livelihoods take a hit in the weeks ahead.”

Public events are now being canceled, schools closed and workers told to work from home across the U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration was initially dismissive of the virus, but the president has now declared a national emergency and introduced international travel restrictions.

Obama noted, “Not everybody can stay home, and we owe a big debt of gratitude to health professionals, transit and airport workers, first responders, and everyone keeping our communities going.”

It is hoped that “flattening the curve”—i.e. slowing the rate of infections—will stop hospitals from becoming overwhelmed and unable to treat those who need it. Obama shared graphs showing how social distancing can help achieve this, warning the projections show “why we should all do the right thing and stay home to the fullest extent possible.”

He added, “All of us can help slow the spread of the virus, protecting the elderly, the vulnerable, and each other.”

Damn! He even speaks in complete sentences. 

I am a pretty confident fellow most of the time and I am dealing with all of this without letting it get to me.

At least I think I am. 

But reading a Barack Obama tweet like this suddenly makes me feel like it is exactly what I needed to hear. 

Like I thought I had it together but getting even this small amount of support suddenly makes me feel appreciated and recognized.