From The Editor: Cela Passera Aussi

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This too shall pass.

It’s a saying that is certainly an overused cliché to many nowadays, and it may not feel like it now, but if there’s anything I’ve learned during my time on this planet, it’s that there’s little to nothing that’s more unwavering, more determined, and more indefatigable than the human spirit.

The current COVID-19 pandemic has been a trying time for all of us, placing a massive strain on our communities, institutions and businesses as we do all we can to slow and ultimately stop the spread of the disease. And while it’s been difficult to adjust our lives to achieve this end, it’s our responsibility to flatten the curve and protect those who are most vulnerable to the coronavirus, as well as support those who are on the frontlines in fighting this outbreak.

We’d like to thank and show our appreciation for all of the doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers who are working around the clock to care for those affected by this pandemic. We’d like to thank the grocery and food workers, transit and transportation workers, social workers, and all of the other essential workers who are doing their jobs in the face of this crisis. And we’d like to thank all of the members of the public who are adhering to social distancing and healthy best practices to protect their communities.

In this issue, we’ll be talking to various individuals and groups about how to respond to this pandemic. We speak with health experts from the Minnesota Department of Health about COVID-19 and how we can avoid contracting or transmitting the disease; we speak with Uptown Fitness about how to stay fit and in shape at home; we spotlight a number of local small businesses that are affected by the pandemic; and we speak with Pride Institute about the impact of COVID-19 on the recovery community.

This is going to be a hard, taxing journey for all of us, and we’ll be here with you every step of the way. Take care of yourselves, take care of your families, and stay strong. This too shall pass.

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