It seems as if we’ve been here before. As Yogi Berra famously said, “It’s deja vu all over again.”

Covid-19, which has been a pandemic since March, is roaring once again through Arkansas and other states. Last Wednesday there were nearly 2,000 new cases in Arkansas, a daily record. As we reported in last week’s newspaper, Kingston High School went to virtual learning after an outbreak of cases there.

You like college football? Several Southeastern Conference games last Saturday were called off due to the number of players testing positive. Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman tested positive shortly after his team beat Tennessee.

I certainly don’t want to see another lockdown in this country, where businesses are shuttered and everyone is forced to study and work from home, but the virus certainly isn’t going away soon. It’s poised to be even worse this fall and winter than it was in March and April, when America was brought to its knees. We’re still trying to recover economically and emotionally from the first wave.

Johns Hopkins University last week projected that another 110,000 people will die from Covid-19 in the next two months.

While we await a vaccine sometime early next year, Americans simply must do more to protect themselves and others. We’ve preached it since March, but wear a mask, stay 6 feet or more away from others, wash your hands, and avoid crowds of more than 10 people.

Covid-19 still isn’t taken seriously by a lot of Americans. We now have a president-elect in Joe Biden who does so. President Donald Trump never took it seriously and even mocked those who did, from the scientists on the front lines to the average Americans who wore masks. I don’t want to see a national mask mandate, with “mask-cops” running around, but something needs to change.

If the average American can see a new president wearing a mask, and taking the virus seriously, maybe things can turn for the better.

The virus has sickened and killed children, educators, actors, musicians, construction workers, business leaders and others. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, chief medical correspondent on CNN, said, “This is a humanitarian disaster – probably one of the worst stories I’ve covered in my career here at CNN.”

How bad has it gotten in some places? Workers from Doctors Without Borders – known for going into medical disasters around the world – are trying to help the U.S. More than 240,000 Americans have died from the virus, and the number is quickly climbing.

“I mean, this is an organization that typically covers true disasters and medical crises all over the world,” Gupta said.

Hospitals around the country are getting overwhelmed, again. Stores are reporting shortages on certain items. The number of those infected is growing in virtually every spot in America.

Folks, do what you can to help yourself and others.

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Did you see this gem in the news? The Northwest Arkansas Council is offering $10,000 grants – more than $1 million in the next six months – to lure people to the region for jobs in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) positions.

Plus, those chosen will get a free bicycle or a free annual membership to a local museum.

Applicants must be at least 24 years old, have at least two years of work experience, have full-time employment, currently live outside of Arkansas, and can relocate to northwest Arkansas in the next six months.

Organizers stressed, the program does not offer employment, but is intended for individuals who can work remotely in their current job.