April is the month that we normally observe Workplace Violence Awareness Month. And today, April 28, we normally honor those workers who have lost their lives in the workplace whether it is through accidents, illness, or homicide.

There is nothing normal about what we are currently experiencing with the coronavirus pandemic. As of today, the number of coronavirus cases in the United States has surpassed 1 million, and over 57,000 persons have died from the virus.

Because of this unprecedented threat to our workers, we are re-purposing our site to discuss this pandemic and the effect that it is having on the workforce. If you wish to offer words of comfort or advice that is consistent with medical expertise, please email me at patriciabiles@gmail.com.

In the meantime, we are very saddened at the many lives that have been lost in recent months. I lost my daughter three weeks ago, and although it wasn’t because of Covid-19, it was sudden and unexpected. The pain is very fresh and very potent. So, I too am grieving along with many of you. It is hard for me to even bring you these few words.

Remember to be very careful and vigilant. Practice social-distancing. It is the one thing that we know works. For symptoms and other precautions, visit: https://www.cdc.gov