My spouse and I are finally contemplating visiting our children and grandchildren, with the proviso that no airplanes or hotels are involved. We are lucky that the distances are driveable; I can manage gas pumps, and we can take along enough food and beverages to avoid dicey restaurant stops. And at this point, I no longer care how many bathtub toys or potty-chairs we may need to navigate around during our stay. So, as soon as the kids feel comfortable, we’re making arrangements.
The goings-on here at home are a different matter. Our state and county are “opening up” despite an eightfold increase in the local COVID-19 infection rate over the past month, according to the chart I have been maintaining since the outbreak started:
In mid-April, the positive-test rate in our county had fallen to just one new case a day. But since Trump’s call to “liberate the states”, it has climbed back to over 8 new cases a day. This is not the “flatten-the-curve” situation that was supposed to give one confidence.
Its own CDC be damned (and ignored), Trump’s administration has sent a clear message: it is now every person for themselves. What choice do we have but to act accordingly?
I guess the market, not medical science, will determine what the “optimum” crowd size is during a pandemic. I for one will continue to avoid that market.