Stop the COVID-19 Madness!
Stop the COVID-19 Madness!
COVID-19 is real. We all understand that. We understand the spread of COVID-19 is still being researched and precautions are being taken. What we don't understand is the disproportionate response to the novel ("new") coronavirus when coronavirus' are common and widespread, and most people will get COVID-19 and not even realize they have it. COVID-19 symptoms mimic the Influenza virus, and at this point, are far less deadly. Where was this deep cleaning, wash your hands, stay home if you're sick, cancel business, community and school activities-panic when we are still steeped in regular flu season? The CDC reports there have been approx 52,000 deaths in the US, from the flu this season, with over 49 Million flu cases reported. And while we understand more cases of COVID-19 will be found (as more tests are given), the majority of the population will have no symptoms or very mild symptoms, and won't seek medical care. And in all honesty, many will get flu-like symptoms and will stay home for a few days, feel better, get back to their daily lives, and we won't even know they had COVID-19.
The CDC COVID-19 guidelines are clear. Wash your hands. Stay home if you're sick. Avoid contact with people who are sick. If you are over 60 and especially if you have underlying health conditions, stay away from large community gatherings, don't go on a cruise or travel long distances. What their guidelines don't say is, over-react and cancel private-sector, school and community functions; cancel fundraising events and prevent spectators from attending school and professional sport's events. Cancel major industry and business events. Limit travel in low risk areas. If we are THAT concerned with the spread of COVID-19 then schools should be closed, businesses should be shut down, and and we should all be under quarantine. However, that is not the right answer.
The implications of this kind of fear are far-reaching. Not only is the global economy at stake, but graduations may be canceled, proms may not happen, long-awaited school trips to CDC labeled low-risk areas may not happen. And for what? What we need from our county and local leadership is fact-based decision making, keeping in mind the kind of message we want to send to our children and the community. We need your decisions and policies to be consistent and reasonable. If the threat is real and the only way to control the spread is to shutdown schools, then do that. Don't however, cancel school events (of all kinds) but say it's perfectly fine for thousands of students to be in school, together, every day. This is confusing and contradictory.
Please stop closing and canceling local community and school events. Implore private and public sector institutions to spread truth and consider the long-term implications of fear-based decisions. We all want to keep our community safe, but we cannot do so when the message we're sending is stay home, hoard provisions, and be afraid.