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Per the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday:
As states across the country reopen and several report fresh outbreaks of the [Wuhan] coronavirus, many people are unsure how to navigate this confusing time. We asked experts about resuming a near-normal life while minimizing the risk of getting the virus that causes Covid-19.
Here is what some of those so-called experts said.
About how the virus is spread:
Health agencies like the CDC and WHO have long focused on preventing transmission of the virus through droplets, largely through coughing and sneezing. Now, many experts say, there is increasing evidence that it can be spread through smaller droplets, called aerosols, which are released and inhaled through breathing, talking, singing, and other activities. …aerosols can linger in the air for hours. Preventing transmission through these invisible particles is trickier and underscores the importance of face coverings and distance, air filtration and proper ventilation.
About optimal social distance:
Six feet is good, but 10 feet is better, says Joseph Allen, director of the Healthy Buildings program at the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health, who has warned about airborne transmission of the new coronavirus for months. …More space around people is always better.
About expanding our social circles:
Yes [expand social circles], particularly if you are gathering outside and taking the proper precautions in terms of distance and masks. …”The fewer contacts we have, the better“, Dr. Allen says….”I think you can start to expand your circle but it depends on how serious the other family is taking their precautions and if they have quarantined and locked down.”
If you can, take the stairs. If you can’t, don’t board a crowded elevator–unless the lobby is more crowded. Don’t touch buttons if possible, though it is fine to use your elbow or even fingers as long as you avoid touching your face before cleaning your hands.
About that summer vacation:
Yes! “We need to get out and about in the world for our mental health,” Dr. Allen says. “We should take advantage of the summer when we can be outdoors because we don’t know what the winter is going to bring.”
Choose destinations where it is easy to practice social distancing…can include national parks and beaches if not crowded. …places where you can bring your own food and supplies, or where there are options that make it easy to avoid crowded restaurants or grocery stores.
If camping with people outside your immediate family, maintain the 6-feet distance even when outside, don’t share food and drinks, and try not to touch each other’s supplies (or wash and sanitize your hands before and after if you do).
If people actually try to observe all these rules, what families or friends would even want to get together at all? Yes, let’s all go outside, in our masks, maintaining a 6-10 foot distance from our friends (good luck talking with them, behind a mask from six feet away). No talking, singing, or breathing, for fear of spreading the virus. Who is going to sing from behind a mask? Who even believes anything out of the CDC/Deep State or (China-aligned) WHO these days? Going to that restaurant? How are you supposed to communicate your order to the server if you are both wearing masks and 6 feet apart? Outdoors is noisier than indoors, making communication even more difficult.
It seems to me that all these rules for avoiding contagion take most, if not all, of the fun out of life. Going outdoors would seem like an ordeal, not an excursion.
How will we be able to have a Ricochet meetup in the future? What will the Black Hills meetup look like in September, if everyone is masked and six feet apart? Will the group be able to go out anywhere to eat or drink, or be confined to the vacation house that Randy has already rented?
The rules for reopening are depressing, and enough to make me wonder if there will ever be a return to normal (what was normal in December 2019). Are people doomed to never getting close to their friends again? Is this what the so-called experts really want society to look like? I sure hope not.Published in