We feel trapped in our homes, unable to go out to connect with friends or grab a bite to eat at any number of restaurants. We’re secluded, shut off from our communities, fearful this won’t end.

I’m not talking about the pandemic; I’m talking for the millions of people living with disabilities and the elderly who always feel isolation. We’re each experiencing a glimpse of what many live with every day.

During this global crisis, resist falling into an every-man-for-himself mentality. This is a time to look out for your neighbors, near and far. Protect the most vulnerable, put their needs first.

When this catastrophic event is behind us, be changed. Make the world a better place for people you’ve never met. Through the trials of the coming weeks or perhaps months, please realize that the temporary isolation and anxiety you’ve experienced is a permanent existence for others.

For now, isolation is inclusive.