Relying upon and using common sense during coronavirus crisis could be the safest path as we continue to receive contradictory messages from national, state, and local leadership. No matter where you live, you are likely not getting complete facts or clear direction on how to keep you and your family safe.
The fact that there is not a national plan or guidelines for how or when communities, businesses, or schools should resume normal activities pose a grave risk. Leaving it up to each entity to determine and decide operational and social distancing rules and guidelines is bound to bring about mixed outcomes. No community or business is an island. This is where using common sense during coronavirus crisis must come in.
Furthermore, how will the various rules and guidelines to ensure safety and minimum spread of the virus be enforced in the various public venues? In restaurants, shopping malls, barbershops, beauty salons, and all manner of other businesses? Schools—from daycare centers to colleges?
Will or can protective masks, gloves consistently be worn by everyone? Will or can minimum social distancing of remaining six feet apart be practiced and maintained by everyone? Just look around and you will readily see the answers for yourselves.
To further complicate what you should or should not be doing, new information is being put out there almost daily. Using common sense during coronavirus crisis might be the best method to keep you and your loved ones safe.
For example, we recently learned that remaining six feet apart may not be good enough since a vigorous cough, even talking loud, by an infected person good project the viral germs far beyond six feet. We are learning that children who may have had the virus weeks before are showing life-threatening conditions weeks later. So what should be the guidelines for opening businesses, schools?
The mixed messages around testing, the availability of tests and who can get them is dizzying. Whether there are effective treatment methods, using existing drug therapies, is very confusing. And, the likely availability of a safe and effective vaccine depends on who you listen to, selfish and ambitious politicians, or trained and experienced scientists.
Using common sense during coronavirus crisis will likely be your best defense in the short term until scientists and leaders come together to determine what is needed to either eradicate the virus or manage it successful in the coming months or years—however long it might take.
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