Here we are, in the middle of a pandemic. Health officials are issuing orders and recommendations about what we should and shouldn’t do. The Cities of San Elizario, El Paso and El Paso County are trying their best to help limit the spread of Coronavirus. But no one is listening.
No one is listening.
Look at the following order, and screenshot, both from the City of El Paso, Texas:
The following order will go into effective at 11:59 p.m. tonight, March 20, and will remain in effect until April 3, 2020:
· Order No. 1: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
· Order No. 2: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of this executive order.
· Order No. 3: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
· Order No. 4: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, schools shall temporarily close.
The directive does not prohibit the public from visiting a variety of places, including grocery stores, gas stations, parks and banks, so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.
As I was scrolling through my Facebook wall today, I saw several friends who held gatherings at their homes last night. “Bars are closed, so let’s party at my house,” read David’s post showing photo after photos of a backyard and home full of people.
This afternoon I had a conversation with David.
“It wasn’t anyone over fifty-five at the party,” said David. “I saw on the news that it’s only really killing older people, so we’re all good.”
I explained to him how someone at the party could have Coronavirus, and not yet know it, pass it on to others who could, in turn, make older relatives sick. David’s grandmother is 99 years old.
“No, that’s just stupid thinking,” he told me. “Kim [his daughter] is pregnant. Just by being around other girls, she’s not making them pregnant. Ain’t no one going to get this from anyone. It’s only in the air.”
Then there are pastors and ministers. I’ve spoken to far too many that will not suspend services or move them online. They want people in the pews. Why?
Another issue we seem to have is people who have left town, come back and think self-isolation doesn’t apply to them at all.
I know a couple who went to San Antonio. I was told they feel they don’t have to self-quarantine because there were no active cases of Coronavirus in San Antonio – of course, the first case was 13 March.
What did they do, the next day, after returning to El Paso? They went to work. They went to work! (And they work for a church)
The same thing is happening with a local journalist, someone who should know better. They went out of the country, returned via California, and is back on the streets without a thought of self-isolation (and they sound sick in their videos).
Of course, you have far too many people who are too extreme in their thinking and feeling this virus is still a hoax, being blown out of proportion and is nothing more than a plot to remove Donald Trump from office. Not only are these people ignoring local and federal orders, but they are also encouraging others to do the same.
Coronavirus is not like the flu, regardless of what these armchair physicians tell you.
“In fact, health professionals point out important distinctions between COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2, and other viruses. They don’t advise mass hysteria, obviously, but they also don’t believe that doing nothing and/or going about business as usual is a smart move,” wrote MarketWatch in a recent article (I’ve embedded the article below)
Just because you are young does not mean you cannot die from Coronavirus, or pass it on to others, like your grandparents, your parents.
That couple at the church, that reporter, the couple who flew in from California to help their daughters home daycare, and countless others can be carrying the virus and pass it on. Doesn’t that worry you?
El Paso has gone from El Paso Strong to El Paso Selfish. For once, follow the rules and guidelines being set:
Avoid groups of ten or more;
If you feel sick, stay home;
If you’ve been out of town, self-isolate;
Think of others, please.
Hundreds of thousands of people die from the flu every year, a fact some people have pointed out in an effort to quell anxiety about the coronavirus. But health experts say the comparison misses some key points. Conventional wisdom in the U.S.