Reit Magazine - March/April 2021 - 6

A STAGGERING YEAR
The numbers are staggering.

Nearly 30 million Americans have tested positive for COVID-19.

The numbers are widespread.

Half a million Americans have died from COVID-19.

The numbers are heartbreaking.

More than 100,000 small businesses have permanently shut down during the pandemic.

The numbers are continuing.

Nearly 10 million Americans are still unemployed as a result of the pandemic.

Matthew Bechard
Editor in Chief

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And that is just the toll this
pandemic has had on the U.S.
The global numbers are even
more unbelievable. When you
continually see statistics like
the ones above it is hard not to
become numb to the overall
health and economic devastation wrought by COVID-19.
Seeing images of the late
February candle lighting
vigil in Washington, D.C.
commemorating the lives lost
due to COVID-19 was a stark
reminder that behind all of
those numbers are real people
and families.
I realize I have been extremely fortunate throughout
this pandemic. My immediate
family has stayed healthy. I have
remained employed. The pandemic has certainly changed
many things for my family, but
compared to so many others
those changes have been merely
alterations to our daily routines
or inconveniences.

As difficult as the last year
has been, and to be sure we
are far from being out of the
woods, there are signs of hope.
The hospitalization and death
rates continue to move in the
right direction, especially in
some of the hardest hit parts
of the country. The continued
rollout of effective vaccines
will not only slow the spread
of COVID-19 but help people
safely and confidently return to
their pre-pandemic lives.
REITs and real estate owners
have played an important role
across the country throughout
the pandemic. Working to support tenants, employees, local
companies, and their communities, REITs have responded
to local needs to help people
weather the storm.
We know so much more
about the virus now than we
did a year ago, but uncertainty
still remains and vigilance is
still needed. But our nation

now has a path forward to rebuild from COVID-19. REITs,
for their part, will play a key
role in building and improving
the country's infrastructure,
and providing safe and accessible structures for the economy
to recover.
The past 12 months have
been an unprecedented time
in our country's history. The
tragedies and suffering wrought
by COVID-19 can never be
forgotten. But we are a nation
that adapts. We adapted to a
socially distant world, and we
will once again adapt to a world
where we interact face-to-face
with one another at our homes,
our work, and in our leisure
time. And REITs, and the
516,000 properties they own
and operate, will play a key
role in bringing America back
together.
				



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