Yes they are and yes, it is terribly sad. But people have to have hope about a return to normalcy. I know from my parents that people had these same types of conversations during the Depression and WWII and those lasted years not months.
All we have to go right now is the experiences of other countries that got hit before we did. Of course there are so many variables as to how each country responded and its impact on managing the virus that even that is iffy as a template for where we will be. On a purely personal perspective I think we are looking at the last of the major hot spots in the country hitting their peak in mid May. The question will be how the slope looks on the other side. I think the best anyone can hope for is that by August the last of the shutdowns are over and as a country we are back to where we were in terms of going where we want to go, being in groups, etc. That still makes a football season possible. You could even eliminate the non-conference part of the schedule (too bad SEC that you will then have to play a conference game in the weekend before the last weekend of the regular season)