October 24, 2020
Wait for it to be over.
In cities, counties, states, and countries, we have repeatedly seen this scenario. An area will see a decrease in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, or deaths and suddenly half of the population of said area is throwing baby showers and lunching with friends. Then comes the inevitable upsurge. Between the still ongoing battle over whether masks help, which they do, and the lack of patience people have when it comes to getting back to “normal,” we’re not going to have this under control for years.
Yes, a vaccine will arrive before that, but more people are voicing concerns about taking a shot in the arm, not because they inherently mistrust vaccines, but because they fear that the process to make the vaccine for coronavirus has been compromised. And in light of some unrealistic declarations about when, it is getting harder and harder not to see their point.
We have also seen upsurges after those special events that just can’t be postponed or modified because they’re too important, or it’s been too long since the last long weekend. We have to stop. If, as a nation, we want to have the right to continue to consider ourselves civilized and good, we cannot hesitate to put the safety of people above all else. We cannot continue to participate in monumental events that put all of us at risk.
But the economy. Yes, the economy is a problem. But there are things we can do to help our local small businesses. And while the loss of a business is devastating in many ways, it is not equal to the devastation of the death of a loved one. And any civilized society would surely consider such a thing second in importance to the lives of its citizens. Don’t act like the threat has passed until it has.