Why the US could not control the coronavirus outbreak? Certainly the government’s late response to the pandemic is part of the problem. Well, guess no more. The CNN headline offers the key answer: “Large gatherings are fueling rising Covid-19 cases, but they keep happening.”
The first part is clear. Social distancing flattens the curve by reducing contacts. Human contacts is the transmission path. This much we know. Report by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security shows that “reopening a business, school, or other organization where people congregate will cause significantly increased transmission.”
It’s the second part of the headline that floors me. Large gatherings continue to happen in spite of public officials’ warnings. People are still having 700 guests house party? 600 vehicles drive-in concert? I get it – Covid-19 fatigue. But does that mean we throw the baby out with the bath water?
Perhaps people are becoming tune deaf. But unless each one of us takes the outbreak seriously, it will be around for a long while. Actions have consequences. In the short run, social distancing may be inconvenient or uncomfortable. But it beats, borrowing the words from Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, “reckless endangerment of public health.”
Do you know anyone who is still not social distancing?