Lasting Legacy of the Virus
The January onset of the COVID-19 pandemic set the tone for the entirety of 2020. As to be expected, Moonshine’s coverage was heavy on the COVID-front; in fact, we substantially ratcheted up our online reporting in response. Life as we knew it was sent into a tailspin and by a quarter way into the year, we were all learning to live in the “new normal.”
Parents were thrust into the role of homeschool teacher while trying to get their own work done and kids ended up with more screen time than they could have imagined. Full-time residents feared a drain on local resources due to second homeowners seeking refuge in their home away from home during stay-at-home orders. Panic shopping and kinks in the supply chain resulted in product shortages.
But as bad as things seemed to be at times, there was always a positive side of the coin to be found. A marked drop in automobile traffic numbers led to a decrease in air pollution. With the art and music scene stifled, artists literally took to the streets to share messages of hope, inspiration, gratitude. As the pandemic goes on to influence all aspects of our lives, Moonshine will look at everything from its effects on mental health to the ongoing plight of small businesses like restaurants and personal care services, still fighting for survival. We will continue our fight for transparency in the numbers game and accountability for those running the show.