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Given that someone's non-socially distanced interaction may transmit the virus, and then a few transmission links down the line, may lead to the death of a vulnerable person because there are not yet enough ventilators and ICU places, personally I can't see how distancing measures can be viewed as unnecessary.
Spot on @GingergrrlWithout social distancing, in addition to passing on the virus that may later kill someone, it is the only way to flatten the curve so the entire medical and hospital system does not collapse. If everyone gets the virus at the same time, the system will collapse and people will die who otherwise would have lived (including the doctors and nurses treating these patients). There is no other option at this point.
Same here, where I live. Crows come near but nothing else does! It's a quarter mile to my nearest neighbour on one side and a half mile or more on the other side. No people in the fields, little bits of woodland etc here.I consider my area to extend a km or so. Since the library is closed, and I have plenty of food, it might be many weeks before I need to go into town. So, for me, distancing rules just don't apply. I don't even know what the rules are supposed to be.
Chickadees have gotten within a meter or so of me, but I don't think chickadees are a serious virus vector.
Absolutely, totally, completely agree and couldn't have said it better !!!Given that someone's non-socially distanced interaction may transmit the virus, and then a few transmission links down the line, may lead to the death of a vulnerable person because there are not yet enough ventilators and ICU places, personally I can't see how distancing measures can be viewed as unnecessary.
Then let me help you.I just thought to check whether the town I shop in has any cases of Covid. Nope. So, to answer the thread's question: No. Are the restrictions worthwhile as a 'just in case someone does bring the virus here' measure? That's harder to answer.
The problem may be that if the virus has not already spread around and induced some immunity, that it would take years to watch the spread until 70% are infected (under the presumption of course that the social distancing is carried out effective).
By the tine you become aware that the virus has spread to your community and could actually be threatening you personally, it'll be too late to do anything meaningful to stop its advance.
The whole point of slowing down the virulent spread of COVID is to allow our hospitals to catch up in terms of much needed, and much-denied, things like respirators, respiratory techs, PPE, and all the other things that are sorely missing, along with available hospital beds.Seems like if we are successful at slowing spread way down, but cannot eradicate it...
When the overflow of dead bodies at NY hospitals is so huge that they have to bring in refrigerator trucks to house the bodies, you know that a slow-down would be welcome. That, and the fact tht most mortuaries are closed due to the virus, so there's no way to .... uh, forgive the term, I can;t think of any other .... process the bodies for burial, or anyone to dig the graves.we may be just in a very prolonged- pandemic that ends up with a similar result, just slowed down over time.
Maybe I missed something, but I haven't noticed that any of these things are high, or anywhere for that matter, on our current administration's list of priorities. Education here is headed up by someone who doesn;t seem to have had any. Food safety laws and guardrails have been almost completely dismantled, possibly in anticipation of using them for the much-vaunted infrastructure improvements that have yet to be seen. Scientific research, or science of any kind, is held in such low regard that improvements in that area are, not to put too fine a point to it, highly unlikely.Resources spent delaying deaths for a short time means resources not available for medical treatments that make a big difference (decades of high quality life) for other people, or high quality child-care, or education, or food safety, etc.