On Thursday, March 19, 2020, our Governor, California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide stay-at-home (the first such in the United States) in response to the growing COVID-19 outbreak.

“We need to bend the curve in the state of California,” Newsom said, upon announcing the statewide order.

Newsom continued: “Home isolation is not my preferred choice ... This is not a permanent state, this is a moment in time.”

“15 Days to Slow the Spread,” has become 365 days of varying forms of restriction as we continue our struggle to come to grips with the coronavirus pandemic.

On March 25, 2020, in an op-ed titled “COVID-19 In The Rear View Mirror,” we wrote:

A year from now, as we look in the rear view mirror, what will we see?

I would hope that we would be able to say that “we were proud of ourselves, and that we did a good job protecting our health, but perhaps at a cost of the future economy.” There is an undeniable relationship between the two.

It will be deemed a success, no matter economic repercussions, if the number who become sick or who unfortunately die, is declared a reasonable number.

The logic, which is hard to argue, is that this is necessary to preserve lives. Like an out-of-control express train, it appears impossible to stop. The situation has made an indefensible question to ask, “Is this the best response?”

At a point, informed choice may assume the mantle. Businesses could reopen under reasonable rules to protect the pubic as we learn to be more careful of health and respectful of each other.

Life will return.

Will we be proud, or will we second guess ourselves?

Our year is up ... our restrictions still remain, and how we answer that question remains to be seen.

In recognition of the passing of one year, writers of the Coronado Eagle & Journal have taken the opportunity to share something of the experiences over the past year, be it theirs, or others.

We invite you to do the same.

We encourage you to share that reflection ... here through the newspaper ... with your friends and family ... or be it in quiet reflection.

An end may be in sight, and two things can be true at once, we can be both proud and second guess ourselves.

The real judgement will be in taking what we have learned and doing better the next time around.

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