In this article from Tuesday’s Daily Mail, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Archbishop of York John Sentamu say we should be looking out for our friends and neighbours during the Coronavirus crisis.
We are good in this country at holding our nerve and steadying one another. But a pandemic is something else; you can’t touch the virus, see it or even know where it is.
It may be spread by those who don’t even know they are infected. It is very serious for some, very mild for many.
Nevertheless, the effect of the virus could drive us apart. To some extent it must do. When someone we care for has it or is at risk, they must be isolated.
That is particularly so for older people and the most vulnerable, the ones by whose beds we want to sit and hold their hands, expressing our love with touch.
As in epidemics throughout history the fear we feel disturbs us very deeply, and dread comes upon us.