This Weekend in Omaha #60

The weekend can wait, let’s stay indoors…

Mama, mia

Last week, it seemed to be all fun and memes regarding the coronavirus. It was all “over there” and seemingly low-impact in our daily lives. I enjoyed the memes as much as anyone, believe me.

This week things have changed for me. Things have gotten more serious.

And so I do not feel that it is appropriate for PostOmaha to publish a list of badass events to go to for the weekend, at a time when we should all be taking the maximum precaution to protect ourselves and our communities by isolating ourselves from large groups and gatherings.

We simply SHOULD NOT be getting together with a large group of people, particularly if it includes non-essential activity (such as day-drinking cocktails in Old Market on a Sunday afternoon). The sooner we can stop the spread, the sooner we can return to normal.

Understand, I just worked in the service industry. I have worked as a server or hospitality-type job for many years of my life, and this level of precaution will affect them most of all. And I feel for these hard working men and women who will bear the brunt of this massive change.

But we must stop this in its tracks. We must. At the current rate of infection, just a few weeks from now we could be at catastrophic levels of impact. The time to act is now.

I have no doubt that many will feel this is an overreaction and all fear-mongering. Ok, I get it, but hear me out.

My concern comes from two primary sources: medical professionals, and math. The WHO and leading pandemic experts all see this as being an extremely serious matter, and that so far the USA has failed to appropriately prepare for an unprecedented event such as this. We are underestimating the virus’ potential and things will get worse.

Second is the math, look at the rate of growth of infections – 120 last week, and 1,200 this week. Do the math, where are we 3-4 weeks from now? 100,000 infected? 1 million? There was a report in NYC that one person in a single office space, may have infected 58 of his fellow coworkers by himself. Suddenly it becomes more serious, things start to add up.

Also, I believe that if it feels “too-early”, then THAT is the precise time to put up our best defense. Not when it is at our doorstep. But it is just about at our doorstep.

If we take these preventative measures, and make these massive sacrifices in our daily lives, some more than others, then we can get out ahead of this thing and overcome it together.

I love you, Omaha. Let’s be smart, let’s be vigilant, and let’s lay low this weekend.

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Precautionary Facts: Coronavirus – Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. 

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing. – via WHO

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