While reading the March 23rd issue of AgWeek, I came upon intriguing advice as we face the COVID-19 pandemic. Brock Slabach, senior vice president for member servicers for the National Rural Health Association, said as a public health professional his “best advice is for everyone to pretend they have the virus themselves.” He said “looking at the outbreak in a unitary perspective can make a big difference in controlling the disease.”

“Meaning if you love the people you live with in your home and your neighbors and friends, if you assume you have the disease, then you’ll be more careful about not spreading it,” he said. “In turn, you’ll be protecting yourself.”

I call it wisdom from the farm community.

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