Sometimes I feel like I’m beating a dead horse with COVID-19 this and the coronavirus that.

There have been front pages solely dedicated to the global pandemic that started sweeping the nation at the beginning of 2020, and there are still articles devoted to this topic as we near the beginning of May.

But, we’ve tried to mix it up and try to find other things to focus attention on as well.

However, its still worth staying informed, even though I, myself feel like I have become numb to the news of the virus.

It no longer shocks me when I see the numbers continue to rise, or if I hear of a possible new case or a hospitalization or even a death.

As someone working in the news industry, we can’t just shut it off — or at least not completely.

I try to still watch the governor’s updates even if I’m technically off the clock, and I try to still watch the numbers each morning, even though on Friday mornings I try to give myself a break.

That’s one of my two days off for the week, and I spend the day with my daughter playing bubbles, digging in the sand and pushing her on the swing.

And, our days start early.

But, I’m grateful that we have been blessed with mostly warm weather lately so that we can go outside and enjoy the sunshine.

People are champing at the bit to get back to their every day normal lives and to re-open all businesses, but it could be a lot worse.

Our inconveniences of not being able to sit inside Mi Carretta’s or attend a Friday night baseball game seem to overshadow the bigger picture.

I for one wouldn’t want to unknowingly spread the virus to my grandmother or to anyone else’s, or to a sick child with cancer.

And really, listen to ourselves. Is it really that big of a deal that we can’t sit down and enjoy a beer at Tailgators?

Yeah, I do miss being able to go out and enjoy myself. But I also have grown fond of the carryout meals and the to-go drinks, and being able to enjoy everything from the comfort of my home.

Think about it. We could be a solider in the midst of World War II.

2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War that ended Sept. 2, 1945.

As 1945 closed and people around the world surveyed the war’s carnage — between 70 and 85 million had died.

We could be homeless with nowhere to stay during the stay-at-home order or without any food or money to buy food.

Instead some of us are sitting at our home with our Wi-Fi, fridge full of food and our iPhones, spending our days complaining about wanting to re-open Virginia on Facebook while riding our four-wheelers or Side-by-Sides and fishing outside.

I realize that some have it worse than others. Some have no income coming in; others’ pay are being cut; and some peoples’ hours are being cut.

Hopefully those individuals can receive some kind of help throughout this time, and hopefully the public will help them more than ever when restrictions do relax.

Ashley Hodge reports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at

Ashley Hodge is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at