In a time like this, it’s easy to get caught up in the hysteria and panic that seems to surround this nation and the world due to recent coronavirus outbreaks. Everywhere it seems tensions are high, as work, travel, and industry after industry announce restriction after restriction.
And yet, it is essential to remember that this too shall pass and until then, we can simply get bogged down with all the stress that mainstream media seems to be implying we should have.
Thankfully some people have found a way to ease that tension a bit and even cause a few laughs.
Take the Puyallup Police Department in Washington State. Here, the department took to social media to add a little fun and amusement to the community.
They quite simply asked that criminals in the area, please refrain from acting in their usual manner while the coronavirus is in full swing. In addition, they let those known to act in such ways that the department thanked them for their consideration during this time and would let them know when they could “resume” their normal behaviors. They also reminded said criminals to keep their hands clean.
The tweet read, “Due to local cases of #COVID-19, PPD is asking all criminal activities and nefarious behavior to cease. We appreciate your cooperation in halting crime & thank the criminals in advance. We will let you when you can resume your normal behavior. Until then #washyourhands.”
Washington, like many states, is currently under an official “state of emergency” and as such, all public and private schools are closed until at least April. Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced on Sunday that all bars and restaurants would be closed for table service until further notice, with only takeout and delivery services available. Gatherings of 250 or more people are also not allowed throughout the state at this time.
As of Monday, the state’s health officials had reported 769 confirmed cases and 43 deaths from the spreading virus, putting everyone on edge. Governor Inslee also said that King County, the home of the state’s largest population and the current “epicenter” of the virus outbreak, would begin closing their establishments “immediately.”
And thus, the Puyallup Police Department’s witty tweet brought a much-needed bit of laughter. Many social media users who saw the post remarked that it was just what they needed. By Tuesday morning, the tweet had received as many as 14,000 likes and many retweets as well as comments.
One user noted that she loved “a police department with a sense of humor,” while others said it was the “best giggle I’ve had in ‘virus-related’ stuff. Thank you for this.”
And while the police department has received much well-deserved fanfare over their tweet, they are not the only ones with this idea.
In fact, the Salt Lake City Police Department made a very similar post just days earlier, asking their criminals to cease and desist their “nefarious” behavior as well.
The Salt Lake City department wrote, “Due to the confirmed case of #COVID-19 from community spread, SLCPD is asking all criminal activities/nefarious behavior to cease until further notice. We appreciate your anticipated cooperation in halting crime & thank criminals in advance. #SocialDistancingNow #behaveyourself.”
In addition, the SLCPD added a funny GIF of actor Neil Patrick Harris telling an audience to “Stop It.”
This tweet has earned just as much of a positive response as the Puyallup department’s, if not more.
The two hilarious tweets prove that even in the most uncertain times, people don’t have to be absorbed in stress and chaos. While the world seems to be headed down a dark path, we don’t have to focus on it. We can choose to still laugh, to still have fun, and to still enjoy life, no matter how shut off from the rest of the population we may be.
President Trump, in cooperation with state officials nearly everywhere, is working with every resource possible to keep this mess as contained as possible and to make sure that America has a hope of a better tomorrow. Now, most certainly is not the time to panic. Sure, it’s wise to take some precautions, but let’s not get too frantic and forget to find some fun and laughter in our every day.