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The coronavirus and the disease it causes, Covid, are spreading across the United States faster than we can track or test. This week the confirmed caseload jumped from to at least 2, cases in 49 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. A testing shortage has experts fearing the true is likely thousands of cases higher. Public life in America has methodically ground to a halt. This week companies instituted mandatory work from home policies, hundreds of schools and colleges closed or switched to online classes, professional sports suspended play indefinitely — even Disney shut down its parks worldwide.
And yet, many younger Americans seem unfazed by the pandemic. Though they may be working from home or practicing social distancing during the day, it appears American night life is continuing without much interruption.
In Seattle, where one hospital is reportedly preparing for Northern Italy levels of infection and already running low on some supplies, bars in the Capitol Hill neighborhood have been full of people. On Saturday in Chicago, one reporter tweeted a photo of a line around the block for a St. While the federal government has issued some guidance for older and high-risk Americans, the administration has offered little definitive advice for how stringently low-risk people should isolate. Continuing the weekend tradition of packing the bars is selfish and reckless during this pandemic.
It will speed up the spread of the virus, increasing the suffering for older and more vulnerable people and for the medical workers who will be caring for them. Though the virus appears dramatically less fatal for those under 50, younger, healthier people can still contract the virus, not show symptoms and infect at-risk populations.
Benjamin Kerr, an evolutionary biologistmodeled how low-risk individuals are crucial to flattening the curve of the epidemic:.
Wanting to socialize right now is understandable. People are stressed. People rightly want to support local businesses. Younger people feel less vulnerable. But the consequences are dire. Just look at Italy — a country thought to be a week to 10 days ahead of the United States in its outbreak — where the health care system is collapsing under the strain of new cases.
Once it spre without containment, untold s could be infected, with many not showing symptoms for days, if at all. And as these low-risk individuals move around — visiting families, friends and going to work — they threaten to expose others to a potentially life-threatening illness. Social distancing is a responsibility. You can still FaceTime or video chat with friends and family.
Do a t movie night. A virtual book club. Eat, drink and try to unwind. And if you have the means, here are some ideas to help the businesses losing revenue under social distancing measures: Call or your favorite bars, restaurants and businesses. If they have them, purchase a generous online gift card to front them money you will spend later. Or inquire about virtual tips you can send to service staff.
But we should all recognize that even that kindness will be a drop in the bucket. We are facing a serious challenge and will need the government to take action to assist all of the people who will be left struggling. For now, make the responsible choice and do not pack the bars and clubs this weekend. You can help, too. Listen to Mr.
Ferraresi, who is living a week into a hellish future in Italy. The Times is committed to publishing a diversity of letters to the editor. Here are some tips.Go out to the bars tonight
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