This evening we received the inevitable news that a case of Coronavirus has been confirmed in Hidalgo County.

Now more than ever, we must be calm, patient, and deliberate in our every action. Hysteria, panic, and anxiety are our worst enemies, and will only fuel the spread of the virus.

Our most valuable tool, is our sanity. The confirmed case only confirms what we already knew and what the experts have been telling us. We are dealing with highly contagious virus, that only we as a society can control by controlling our actions.

Your home is a safe zone, keep it that way. Assume that everyone you come in contact with can potentially spread the virus, and that everything you touch outside your safe zone has the potential to contaminate your safe zone. Therefore you must come up with your own system of keeping your safe zone safe.

The absolute worst thing you can do is lose your calm. Mental clarity, stability, and focus are the next best thing to a vaccine. Keep washing your hands, quit touching your face, and keep your safe zone from getting contaminated, and don’t leave that safe zone unless absolutely necessary.

Try to use this time, to focus on your family, your faith, your fitness, and your frame of mind. We are all in this together. We can and we will emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever, if and only if we remain calm, focused, and steadfast in our efforts to prevent ourselves and others from spreading the virus.

God bless you all with peace and good health.

Editor’s Note: The above guest column first appeared on state Rep. Terry Canales’ Facebook page.