Dear West Coast Readers:
Here is a funny, in an ironic-sort-of-way, look at the Corona virus a graphic designer colleague of mine created.
It would be great if governors would encourage their constituents to practice normal hygenic protocol, rather than urge them to panic. The spreading of germs can be catastrophic, but unfortunately a recession is starting. There is a happy medium that can be practiced in place of this full-fledged panic.
What about all of the people who die of the flu otherwise? What about all of the people who continue to sneeze into the air and not cover their mouths with their shoulders? Do they care? What about all of the people who take public transit to and from work? I am always cautious of germs (hand sanitizer, part of one!), but I think a national dialogue should occur to find the balance between panic and better health practices.
When Calif. Governor Newsom encouraged seniors to remain home-bound, an image conjured up in my mind of my grandfather. He’s almost 90-years-old. Is he a concert goer? No. He once was – I recall a story of when grandpa took my mom to a Led Zeppelin concert in the late 70s – but he is definitely not now. He’s very healthy, but he is staying home bound since he is elderly. This makes sense that he’s being cautious.
Oregon Goveror Kate Brown and Washington Governor Insee have similar thoughts on reducing crowds to under 250 people. This is great in theory to reduce the spread, but how does a crowd of 50 help? And a few people do have to go to work. For example, when people drive through a fast food restaurant (since many restaurants are closed to patrons for in-house dining), a contagious person still has contact with the emplyee at the drive-thru window.
While it is understandable for many governors to want to limit social gatherings and therefore have concert venues, and convention center events canceled, it may be more economically viable for these leaders to think about the economic repurcussions.
It is discouraging that our healthcare professionals are denying access to their offices. What if a kid is sick with a stomach ache or broke his leg? I completely understand that health care professionals are under duress and have a limited number of kits in which to test people for the virus, and they are our wonderful hygenic heros, but what able the general population who need check ups? Or physical therapy? Or knee surgery?
What is great about this pandemic is that is should and is enouraging all of us to seek ways in which to think differently. I urge you all to contact our city and state governments with thoughtful approaches.