Experts Say More Closures Needed

Everyone is so sick of staying home. More than haircuts or manicures, we want to see all our friends and family. We want to hug our children and grandchildren, share meals and just see each other’s faces without needing technology. Hearing about places reopening and then closing is exhausting. People are concerned about work, school and just getting supplies. But, we are facing more closures, not less.

With death tolls close to 1,000 people a day, we’re nowhere near reopening. We keep hitting new, horrible, records for people diagnosed with, or dying from, COVID-19. It’s heartbreaking to hear the news. If someone has underlying medical problems, including blood sugar concerns, the virus can be even more dangerous.

A new report from the White House says that 18 states are in the “red zone” and should add more restrictions. That means that 100 out of 100,000 people have COVID-19, and they have a positive testing rate of more than 10 percent. In response, local leaders and companies are putting more protections in place to try and slow the spread.

The problem is, we are becoming complacent. It has been months and months of living under rules, scrubbing our hands, wearing our masks, limiting our contact with others. And many of us are growing frustrated, bored and less rigorous in our actions. We’re tired of needing to dress differently when we go out and modifying our actions when new information is discovered. Many of us think, “Well, what’s the harm of one lunch with friends?” And that’s why we are in such a sorry state. It’s impossible to go this long without human contact. But we are being urged to connect online, speak on the phone and maintain our distance.

The White House’s COVID-19 task force is urging the use of masks, social distancing and banning gatherings of 10 or more people. The most frustrating this is, most people who have underlying medical conditions are following the rules. They’re staying away from folks and doing all the right things. Then you see large groups of people wandering around, not wearing masks and walking close together. Some people cannot wear masks because of medical problems, which is entirely understandable. But when you see large groups of healthy 20-something-year-olds, it can be truly infuriating.

Many people at low-risk aren’t preventing themselves from spreading COVID-19 with a mask and social distancing. If you are at a heightened risk for COVID-19, speak to your friends and family about their actions. If they aren’t taking precautions, talk to them about your personal concerns. Most people will listen to a loved one, and you may be doing a lot to protect both yourself and your loved ones by merely asking them to take better care of themselves. It might feel awkward to bring it up, but you could be saving your own life, theirs or the people they come into contact with.

Until we can safely reopen, as hard as it is, follow the guidelines to the best of your abilities. They may feel like a hassle, or even onerous, but it’s better to be inconvenienced now than sick later.
July 20, 2020
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