One day, Texas’ story will include a chapter on the coronavirus.
One day — and soon — this virus, which now ravages the state’s economy, shutters businesses and drives so many of us into our homes, will take its loathsome place among the hurricanes, oil busts, and other calamities that once stood as serious threats to Texas’ future.
One day, we will be able to properly celebrate as heroes the doctors and nurses, first responders, retail workers, government employees and others whom we’re now depending on to protect our health and society.
One day, I firmly believe, we will look back on the response of Texas and Texans to this disaster and see the same grit, ingenuity and optimism that has helped our state bounce back over and over again.
This, of course, is not that day. The deluge of bad news is not letting up. Documented COVID-19 cases keep increasing. Job losses have been appalling, as Texas has gone from having one of the country’s lowest unemployment rates to 9% unemployment virtually overnight. With the plummeting price of oil, Texas has moved from being a world supplier of energy to an epicenter of an economic demand crisis.