I am so heartened to see the outpouring of care for others magnified by this epidemic.

Customers supporting the small businesses they depend on and small business owners giving everything they can to their community. The workers everywhere who are keeping society functioning. The health care workers who are truly selfless and dedicated. The spontaneous acts of kindness and generosity blossoming all over the planet.

I am especially moved by the goodness and bonding between people on the internet, which has lately been such a source of meanness. I am grateful to the newspaper and TV reporters who are seeking out these heartwarming stories to buck us up.

This is the beautiful upside of this virus — this manifestation of the very best of human nature. This is the blessing of the dark days.

Thea Brannon, Salt Lake City