Glenn Beck: Obama's elitist?




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GLENN:  We're talking to Honky Whitesville from the Obama campaign.

CALLER:  Yeah, say white campaign advisor.

GLENN:  I beg your pardon?

CALLER:  I just make sure you get that title, I'm the white campaign advisor.  I'm white.

GLENN:  I don't really think that's important, Mr. Whitesville.

CALLER:  Well, it's just important to be truthful.  I'm white.  I'm a white man.

GLENN:  But that's okay.

CALLER:  I just want you -- I want to make sure you know.

GLENN:  It doesn't really matter.

CALLER:  And your audience knows that, that I'm white.  I'm working with the Obama campaign and I'm very white.  And I'm white.  Ever see toothpaste?  You know the tube with toothpaste out?  That's sort of my color.

GLENN:  Right.

CALLER:  That's the color.  I was looking in the mirror yesterday after I looked up and I was like, oh, no, I have toothpaste all over my face but actually I just had face all over my face because my face is white, and just so everyone knows, I work at the Obama campaign and I'm white but my first name's Honky, my literal first name is Honky.

GLENN:  I don't even believe that's your first name.

CALLER:  And my last name is Whitesville.

GLENN:  So anyway, Honky Whitesville, you --

CALLER:  I love mayonnaise and just so you know, I don't pronounce it mayonnaise.  Mayo-nnaise.  I want people to know that I know, I bought mayonnaise so many times that I just know the word.  I know how it's spelled and how to properly pronounce mayo-nnaise.  Just, you know.  And I work for the Obama -- did I say that I work for the Obama campaign?

GLENN:  I got it.  I don't understand the new tack here.  But last night in Charlotte, North Carolina, Michelle Obama went on a rant that I -- I mean --

CALLER:  Powerful, wasn't it?  Powerful stuff.

GLENN:  It was really out of step with where the American people are.

CALLER:  I was -- I mean, if --

GLENN:  She is an elitist.  She is an elitist and she is one of the most angry people --

CALLER:  This is the Hillary Clinton campaign.  This is their attack and it's absolutely ridiculous if you look at the facts.  But let me paint a picture for you.

GLENN:  All right.

CALLER:  I need to paint a picture that you and the audience can all relate to.  Think of it this way.  Barack Obama is Emily Brontė and Hillary is Charlotte Brontė.  Oh, oh, my, I think your audience right now -- and I know you are, Glenn -- is really relating.

GLENN:  I mean, those are people that, I don't even know, didn't they write like Wuthering Heights?

CALLER:  Obviously I guess you are just trying to clarify in case somebody doesn't know but Emily Brontė wrote Wuthering Heights under the pseudonym Ellis Bell and then had it published under -- but then Charlotte Brontė, she would edit a posthumous version.  That's the analogy that I'm trying to -- Hillary is Charlotte Brontė-ing Barack's ideas.

GLENN:  See, this is where it gets into elitism with the --

CALLER:  This is ridiculous.  Why do people keep saying that?  Hillary is clearly the elitist.  Let me give you another one.  I'm sorry that didn't work for you.  I figured -- I mean, we're trying to relate to the people here.

GLENN:  I understand that.  I don't think the Brontė, Emily and Charlotte Brontė example is really going to work for you.

CALLER:  Hillary Clinton, she is like a bottle of 2003 Celocita Creek cabernet sauvignon Washington.  I mean, only 3400 cases were made at $85 a bottle.  How can that be the cabernet of the people?  Now, Barack Obama is much more like a bottle of 2001 Casanova Duneri Dunero Du Montel Chino Duevo Tuscany (ph).  I mean, it's only $70 a bottle.  I mean, anybody can buy it.  And at 4,830 cases made, there's much more available.  But who was the wine of the year in Wine Spectator Magazine 2006?  You know what I mean?  Say it with me.  Casanova Duneri -- you don't like that?

GLENN:  Honky Whitesville, I think that you're missing -- you people in the Obama campaign just don't know who the real people are, and you're angry and elitist and I think the -- if I may just go into the speech that was given last night.

CALLER:  I think people will understand how average.

GLENN:  So here's what happened last night.  She's at the Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte and there's a preacher speaking and he says tomorrow we shall achieve the victory that the kingdom of God may come on Earth as it is in heaven."  So I believe what he was basically saying is Barack Obama will bring the kingdom of God here on heaven?

CALLER:  You know... he's not part of our campaign.  I don't --

GLENN:  So he says all those who love the Lord will go out and vote for Obama, say amen, and everybody says amen.

CALLER:  Amen.

GLENN:  Then he says tomorrow the people of North Carolina, this is today, which was last night, will seek to give climax to a campaign that seeks to lift America to a higher ground and so Lord we thank you for this campaign and this election opportunity in this election to move America from the dark valley of doubt to the mountaintop of hope, to the days when black will not be asked to give back, when brown can stick around, when yellow can be mellow.

CALLER:  Yep.

GLENN:  And the red man can get ahead and the white man will see the light.

CALLER:  And the white man will see the light knowing that the white man is welcome.  They just want to make sure that he was trying to be clear that everyone knows the white man is welcome.

GLENN:  This is again all part of this kind of the white man is evil thing that you've -- hello?

CALLER:  You are saying that that's -- you have a transcript of this, or is this --

GLENN:  This is a transcript of what happened last night.

CALLER:  Do you have audio or video?

GLENN:  No, I don't have the audio.

CALLER:  But you have the transcript?

GLENN:  I have the transcript right here.

CALLER:  Now, this actually happened, what you're saying here?

GLENN:  Yeah, this is yet another reverend basically saying if you're any other color other than white, you cannot make it in America.  But then she gets up.

CALLER:  Oh, well, this is --

GLENN:  And she gets up -- now, does she speak for the campaign?

CALLER:  Oh, absolutely -- Michelle Obama is just your average person.  She's, you know, had a tough time throughout her life and honestly she had to fight against impossible odds.

GLENN:  Okay, here we go, here we go.  She says there are forces out there that are trying to take everything away from Barack and everything that Barack has worked for, but she doesn't ever name the sources of who's trying to take it all away.

CALLER:  Well, as you know, forces exist such as people voting.  That could be one of the --

GLENN:  She says they are trying to take her away from the mountaintop of hope and they have to be stopped.  She said, we've learned that we're living in a -- I'm quoting:  We're living in a time and in a nation where the bar is set, right?

CALLER:  Right.

GLENN:  Yeah.  Well, that's what the crowd said.  Then they tell you, all you need to do is just do these things and you'll get to the bar.

CALLER:  Uh-huh.

GLENN:  Then you go about the business of doing those things.

CALLER:  Yes.

GLENN:  And she basically said that, you know, her husband's been doing that, raising money, building an organization, winning caucuses, winning primaries, amassing a large number of delegates and yet he still hasn't won because of the unnamed adversaries.

CALLER:  Oh, the unnamed adversaries are clear here and what they are are the rules of the election.  Apparently someone put these crazy superdelegate things together and I mean, how were we supposed to know about them in advance?  I mean, this is the sort of forces --

GLENN:  She said, you start working hard and sacrificing and you think you're getting closer to the bar.  You're working, you're struggling, you get right to that bar, you're reaching out for the bar and then what happens?  And the crowd screams... they raise the bar.

CALLER:  They raise the bar.

GLENN:  She says they raise the a bar, raise the bar, shift it to the side, keep it out of reach.  Who's raising the bar?

CALLER:  Well, if you look, the Democratic campaign, the whole DNC changed it from 2025 delegates to 3 million delegates.  Those were not the rules before the election began.

GLENN:  That's not what they're doing.  They haven't changed anything.  She says that's exactly what's happening in this race.

CALLER:  Right.

GLENN:  You know what happens when you live in a society where a vast majority of people are struggling every day to reach an ever shifting bar?  You know what happens to that kind of society?  And some man yelled in the audience, they get frustrated.  She said, and that frustration leaves people isolated and afraid.  Hey, Honky Whitesville?

CALLER:  Yes.

GLENN:  What happens when people get afraid?

CALLER:  They get frustrated?

GLENN:  No, but don't they cling to their guns and religion?

CALLER:  Oh, you are talking about typical white people?

GLENN:  Yeah.

CALLER:  Oh, yeah.  All they do is they cling to their guns and their religion and the Second Amendment and the rule of law, crazy things, whatever.  Those white people, like me.

GLENN:  What happens when those who are reaching for the bar, what do they cling to when they get afraid and feel isolated?  Do they cling to anything?

CALLER:  Well, I mean, if they can reach the bar, they will cling to the bar.  That's one thing.

GLENN:  Other than that?

CALLER:  But other than that, they just cling to, you know, their guns and their religion and their hatred and their whiteness.

GLENN:  She says, we pass on the negative energy to the next generation.  She said, I was in a little beauty shop and we were all having a rally.  In a beauty shop?  It was me and a bunch of women and a couple of brothers.  Do you realize when your husband becomes the next President of the United States, it will be historical, says a girl.  She's 10 years old.  Everybody laughs.  Cute thing for a kid to say.  She said, what does that mean to you, she asked the little girl.  The little girl said, it means that I can imagine anything for myself.  The crowd begins to applaud.  You know, they're hearing this happy little tale.  Everybody's like, oh, this is inspiring.  And then Mrs. Obama continues.

CALLER:  Right.  This is an inspiring story.

GLENN:  No, it kind of goes awry here.  She says, and that little girl started to break down in tears.  She sobbed so hard.  She was crying big huge tears and I had to think, why is this little girl crying so hard.  I thought, you know, what's going on?  This little girl gets it.  That's what's going on.  The little 10-year-old girl knows what's at stake.  She knows that she's already five steps behind.  She knows that her hopes for college are already dwindling.  She knows that if she gets sick, maybe she has an asthma attack.  Instead of going to a doctor and being treated, she's going to be sitting in an emergency room for hours on end.

CALLER:  Oh, jeez.

GLENN:  In short -- what?

CALLER:  To clarify, you're saying she said this out loud?

GLENN:  She said this out loud.

CALLER:  Okay, yeah.

GLENN:  She said, in short the little girl, just 10, knows that the bar is moved --

CALLER:  Like in front of people?

GLENN:  In front of people she said this.  She knows that the bar has been moved far, far away from her.  She feels the veil of impossibility and it's suffocating her.

CALLER:  In a public place she said that?

GLENN:  Yes.  The little girl is in all of us.  I mean, Honky, Honky Whitesville, I mean, that's Michelle Obama speaking for the campaign.

CALLER:  Of course we agree with her.

GLENN:  She then went on to say I'm not supposed to be here.  That was a statistical oddity.  As a black girl raised on the south side of Chicago I wasn't supposed to be here.  I wasn't supposed to go to Princeton.  They said my test scores were too low.  I wasn't --

CALLER:  I'm sorry.  You said that her -- she said she was disappointed, she wasn't supposed to get into Princeton?  But she got into Princeton even though her test scores were --

GLENN:  Too low.

CALLER:  Too low.

GLENN:  Too low.  But she got into Princeton anyway.

CALLER:  And she's saying she's oppressed because she got into Princeton with low test scores?

GLENN:  Whose side are you on here?

CALLER:  She's right.  She is oppressed and the truth is that -- what did she say something about five steps behind?  What the hell is that?

GLENN:  She said, I also wasn't supposed to go to Harvard law school because they said it might be too tough for her, but she did.

CALLER:  So she had test scores that were too low to get to Princeton but she not only got into Princeton, she got into Princeton and Yale.

GLENN:  No, Harvard.

CALLER:  And Harvard and she's complaining about --

GLENN:  She said, I'm certainly not standing here with a chance to become the first lady of the United States of biography.

CALLER:  We should read her biography.

GLENN:  And there she is.  As always, they are trying to raise the bar a little higher like they did when she went to Princeton and then Harvard and now possibly the first lady.

CALLER:  Is it possible she was holding onto the bar as they were raising it?

GLENN:  No, I think she might have made a trip to the bar.  I'm not sure.

CALLER:  I don't know what you're saying.  I think the bottom line here is I think you are trying to deflect from the issues here is that the campaign is about the kids.  You know, we're all coming around and we're talking about this campaign about the kids, specifically Obama's kids.  We really need to make sure that -- I mean, let me ask you this.

GLENN:  Yeah.

CALLER:  Will Obama's kids be able to get the same quality of cabernet as that 2001 bottle?  Will they be able to find a Riesling that is satisfactory?  Will they be able to avoid embarrassing mom and dad because if they embarrass mom and dad, mom and dad are going to be upset.  Let me ask you this.  If gas prices remain this high.

GLENN:  Yeah.

CALLER:  Self-serve, who will pump the gas for the Obama family?  You can try to paint her as an elitist or you can try to paint him as an elitist because he is going to be eating a cheese steak with Havarti but I don't see any basis of it at all.  And just real quick, you said she said all this stuff at an -- like she meant to say it?

GLENN:  She meant to say it.

CALLER:  This was intentional.

GLENN:  That was last night.

CALLER:  She meant to.

GLENN:  Yeah.

CALLER:  Like really?

GLENN:  That's what I'm saying.  Honky Whitesville, thank you very much for your time.

William "Bill" Kelly is 95-year-old World War II veteran from Oregon. He lived through the Great Depression.
He served in the South Pacific during World War II. And now he has just fought the coronavirus -- and won.

Bill joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to share his experience and a hopeful message about why the younger generations can overcome this crisis.

"I want to tell the people, it wasn't pleasant, but on the other hand, you know, if you do what you're supposed to do, and you have some loved ones around you, and do a lot of praying, why, you'll come through okay. We [American's] have been through a lot. We've been through Pearl Harbor. We've been through the Great Depression, and who knows what else. We're tough. We'll get through it. Hang in there," Bill said.

"You know, it's just -- it's in our American blood," he added. "We're that type of people. We take care of each other, and we are not going to break down. We're going to make it through, every time. Every time."

"There are people that don't think we are those people anymore. That it was the greatest generation -- your generation -- that did it, but now we're not the same people. Do you agree with that? Glenn asked.

"No," asserted Bill. "And the reason I say that is because I remember when I was a young kid, you know, and people, the older people, said 'all those young kids are soft' ... but when we were attacked at Pearl Harbor -- sneak attack, you know -- it's surprising how those so-called goofy kids turned into mighty fine fighting people. And they're very loyal. I have lots of faith in them ... no, I don't have any problems with this new generation. They'll take care of us. We're Americans."

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Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 950,638 (up from 872,891 Yesterday)
  • Total Deaths Worldwide: 48,289 (up from 43,271 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 202,631 (up from 184,588 Yesterday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Yesterday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that 12% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization
  • US has 215,344 Confirmed Cases and 5,112 Deaths, up from 188,592 cases and 4,056 deaths yesterday
  • COVID-19 is now the 3rd leading cause of death in the US, behind Heart Disease and Cancer (based on daily fatalities per 1,000 people)
  • The United States of America now leads the world in total confirmed cases, with 115,000 more cases than Italy (although Italy leads the world in Deaths with 13,155 officially dead)
  • US is 25th in Total Confirmed Cases per 1 Million Population, with 651 cases per 1 Million people. Spain has 2,583 Cases per 1 Million people.
  • US is 23rd in Total Confirmed Dead per 1 Million Population, with 15 Dead per 1 Million citizens. Italy has 218 Dead per 1 Million.
  • US has 5,112 Dead vs 8,878 Recovered and 5,075 in Critical Condition
  • The US currently has 201,354 Active Cases of COVID-19, with still less than 1% of the total US population tested.
  • 17% of Americans who have been tested have been diagnosed with COVID-19
COVID-19 Now Killing Victims Who Don't Have COVID-19 https://nypost.com/2020/04/02/coronavirus-nyc-emts-stop-taking-cardiac-arrest-patients-to-hospitals/
  • EMTs in New York have been given a directive not to transport heart-attack victims to hospitals if they cannot be revived at the scene.
  • Prior cardiac arrest victims would have been transported to hospitals for further life-saving procedures, but with hospitals being overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, heart attack victims are solely in the hands of local EMTs. If EMTs cannot restore a pulse at the scene, victims are to be left there to die.
  • "Artificial ventilation and/or compressions must not be delayed," the memo states, adding that chest "compressions must begin as soon as it is determined the patient does not have a pulse."
  • But the guidelines change if the patient cannot be revived before arriving at a hospital.
  • "In the event a resuscitation is terminated, and the body is in public view, the body can be left in the custody of the NYPD."
China Lied, People Died Trending on Social Media https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-01/china-concealed-extent-of-virus-outbreak-u-s-intelligence-says
  • US Intelligence Services has concluded what the Internet has known since January: The Chinese Communist Party lied about total infected and total deaths due to Coronavirus.
  • Citing a report provided to the White House last week, officials confirmed that US Intelligence concludes 'gross' underreporting of total cases and total deaths, especially from Hubei Province.
  • Many have speculated that numbers coming out of China, Iran, North Korea, Russia and other totalitarian countries have been dramatically underreported, by as much as a factor of 10 according to official British Intelligence reports.
  • The early misrepresentation of data by the CCP may have lead some Western Politicians and epidemiologists to underestimate the seriousness of COVID-19 and delayed response in Italy, Spain, the UK and the US.
  • Though why anybody would have believed anything the Chinese Communist Party had to say remains an open question...
Italy's Death Toll Far Higher Than Reported https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/italys-coronavirus-death-toll-is-far-higher-than-reported/ar-BB122vvc
  • In the town of Coccaglio, an hour's drive east of here, the local nursing home lost over a third of its residents in March. None of the 24 people who died there were tested for the new coronavirus. Nor were the 38 people who died in another nursing home in the nearby town of Lodi.
  • These aren't isolated incidents. Italy's official death toll from the virus stands at 13,155, the most of any country in the world. But that number tells only part of the story because many people who die from the virus don't make it to the hospital and are never tested, therefore they aren't included in official numbers.
  • "They were all sick, they all had flu-like symptoms and difficulty breathing," stated a nurse from one of the nursing homes. "We had no ambulance to get them to Milan."
  • In the areas worst hit by the pandemic, Italy is undercounting thousands of deaths caused by the virus, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows, indicating that the pandemic's human toll may end up being much greater, and infections far more widespread, than official data indicate.
  • As stretched and sometimes overwhelmed hospitals fight to save their patients, many other people die unseen and uncounted, including elderly people in out-of-the-way locations.
  • In addition, the health-care crisis can lead to a surge of deaths from other causes that would normally be treatable.
  • "There are many more dead from the virus than are officially declared... People died and they were never tested because time and resources are limited," Eugenio Fossati, deputy mayor of Coccaglio, says of deaths caused by the virus.
More Numbers Hard to Trust as Bodies Left On The Streets in Ecuador https://www.scmp.com/news/world/americas/article/3078077/coronavirus-bodies-are-being-left-streets-ecuador
  • Coronavirus: bodies are being left on the streets in Ecuador.
  • 'They fall in front of hospitals or in back street alleys, or in small villages…no one wants to recover them,' says the mayor of Ecuador's largest city.
  • The army is placing unclaimed bodies in refrigerated cargo containers at the port while authorities pursue plans for a new cemetery.
  • The corpses have been overwhelming Guayaquil, a port city of 2.8 million at the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in Ecuador.
  • Over the last few days, several were wrapped in plastic and left on the streets. Others have lain unclaimed in hospitals and clinics that have been overwhelmed by infections. The city morgue is full.
  • The majority of the dead are believed to be victims of the virus, but nobody can say for sure how many. There has been little testing.
  • The country has confirmed 2,700 infections and 93 deaths - 60 of them in Guayaquil and its immediate surroundings. But municipal officials there said they have recovered at least 400 bodies in the last 3 days.
  • Mayor Cynthia Viteri, who announced that she has also tested positive for the virus, said the national government should be responsible for collecting the corpses.
  • "They're leaving them in the villages, they are stacked in front of hospitals," she said in a Twitter video message to residents late last week.
  • Many local villages in Ecuador are simply burying the dead in unmarked graves, which will make official counting of COVID-19 victims impossible in the weeks ahead.
50% of Viral Spread Comes from People With No Symptoms https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/01/health/us-coronavirus-updates-wednesday/index.html
  • Researchers in Iceland have confirmed earlier reports from Hong Kong that a significant amount of viral spread is caused by carriers who have no symptoms.
  • In the US, Doctors at the CDC have confirmed asymptomatic spread, but estimate a number of about 25%.
  • If true, then the case for all persons to wear masks, even those who don't have symptoms, becomes much stronger.
  • To prevent further spread, the top infectious disease expert in the US says health officials are reconsidering guidance on face masks.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci said he would "lean towards" recommending that the general public wear face masks "if we do not have the problem of taking away masks from the health care workers who need them. The public can stay home to avoid infection, but health care workers cannot," he said.
  • "We're not there yet, but I think we're close to coming to some determination," Fauci said.
Ship vs Train... Ship Wins https://abc7.com/usns-mercy-coronavirus-train-crash-derailment/6069395/
  • A Locomotive Engineer in Los Angeles has been charged with 1 Count of "Train Wrecking", a Class A Felony under Federal Law, after purposely derailing his freight train while attempting to sink the US Hospital ship Mercy.
  • Eduardo Moreno, 44, intended to hit the ship, saying he thought it was "suspicious" and did not believe "the ship is what they say it's for.'"
  • Moreno admitted to crashing the train intentionally but said he did not plan it out in advance. It is believed that he acted alone.
  • He allegedly made statements to a CHP officer that included "You only get this chance once. The whole world is watching. I had to. People don't know what's going on here. Now they will."
  • Officials say video from inside the train's cab shows Moreno holding a lighted flare during the incident.
Biggest Issue With COVID-19 in Malaysia: Nagging Wives https://www.npr.org/2020/04/01/825051317/dont-nag-your-husband-during-lock-down-malaysias-government-advises-women
  • Malaysia has the largest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia with more than 2,900 and counting.
  • This week, Malaysia's government also had a serious public relations issue after an ill-conceived plan went online.
  • Malaysia's Ministry for Women, Family and Community Development issued a series of online posters on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #WomenPreventCOVID19. It advised the nation's women to help with the country's partial lockdown by not nagging their husbands.
  • The ministry also advised women to refrain from being "sarcastic" if they asked for help with household chores.
  • Additionally, the Ministry urged women working from home to dress up and wear makeup.
  • After some negative response on social media, the public service messages have been removed from the Ministry's Facebook page.

MyPillow inventor and CEO Mike Lindell was lambasted by the left and mainstream media after he announced at a White House press briefing on Monday that his company will start making tens of thousands of masks to fight against the spread of coronavirus. Lindell also thanked God for President Donald Trump and encouraged Americans to turn back to God in this time of crisis.

Read the details here.

Whether it was his support for President Trump or strong religious beliefs, no one has lit up the media quite like Mike Lindell. He joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Monday to talk about the president, the 'horrible, crazy media' and how he's not afraid to keep speaking out about his faith.

"I think people are going to quit being brainwashed by this horrible, crazy media -- they know who they are -- and the public is going to see the amazing job that our president is doing," Lindell said. "I've done interview after interview today. I'm taking all the bad ones on -- I think I'm going on 'The View' tomorrow I love it. I want to go right into the hurricane. Finally, I get to speak out for Jesus like I want to."

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News broke that German Finance Minister Thomas Schaefer reportedly committed suicide on Saturday due to the stress from the economic climate during the coronavirus crisis. Unfortunately, this headline may become more common place. Concerns are far beyond those of just hand washing, finding toilet paper and the latest White House briefings. There may be a secondary crisis growing — mental health and suicide.

Messages fill my inbox daily from parents worried about their teens showing signs of risk of suicidal ideation. Spouses concerned about the toil recent layoffs will have on their partners. Elderly family members are also vulnerable.

Last week, news a father of three dying by suicide made me want to scream to the world – "LISTEN!" We are losing too many of our human family. And I am afraid with COVID-19 on the scene, we are going to lose more than ever.

During the past six years — following the suicide of my 40-year-old sister — my mission has been to bring awareness and help prevent suicide. Everyone is exposed to suicide. You either struggle with depression/anxiety, you love someone that struggles, or like me, you have already lost someone to suicide. That is literally everyone on the planet. Bigger numbers than even the virus.

Little known fact. Springtime is a peak season for suicides. Even compared to the holidays.

Little known fact. Springtime is a peak season for suicides. Even compared to the holidays.

So, pile on the constant stream of news, stats about COVID-19 deaths and a lock down on social distancing, even the most emotionally skilled individual may be drowning in vulnerability and at risk.

What can be done?

Social distancing, not isolation

Even though we are standing 6ft apart in the grocery stores, and no longer going to church together, humans need connection to survive.

Free communication apps like Marco Polo are a great way to not hide behind a text. Whether it is on video chat or old fashion letter writing, making connection a priority is crucial for our survival.

Emotional check-in

The new normal seems to be changing by the hour. It is hard to keep up, recalibrating with all the change. Just like the importance of taking temperature to check for virus symptoms, we need to monitor our emotional temp. Try the one word check-in, at dinner time, simply by asking, "How am I feeling today?" It can be a great barometer.

Naming our feelings keep them tamed.

It's Ok to not be Ok

It is crucial to our survival to frame this crisis with a mental health back drop. Suicide, depression and anxiety concerns should be at the top of the STAY HOME and STAY SAFE list. If you find yourself feeling helpless or having thoughts of self-harm, please reach out for additional support. Therapists are using online formats to serve their clients. Call your doctor or one of the many 1-800 numbers.

No one is an extra, disposable member of our human family.

If you are reading this and struggling. Please remember, we will never be better without you. No one is an extra, disposable member of our human family. We will make it thru this COVID-19 crisis stronger and closer than before. No longer will we take hugging our neighbor for granted.

And maybe, just maybe we will someday find the vaccine that stops suicide virus from spreading.

Ganel-Lyn is a public speaker, media personality & author