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Rupert Holmes scored really big with his song about people who are after the same thing yet don’t really know it, the Piña Colada song. He also wrote another song that points out many things people don’t readily believe because they’ve been betrayed repeatedly. “Politicians’ promises have made all of us Doubting Thomases.” He then ultimately points out that losing faith in everyone is not healthy, so the title says “In You I Trust.” A reliable, sensible, lovely friend is credible…and incredible.
It isn’t denying the virus is dangerous and will cost lives. It is whether the government orders can be justified and the complete absence of concern for civil liberties. I am glad we have government orders to close certain business but less happy about blanket restrictions even in rural counties. What’s chilling is the complete absence of skepticisms; it is not healthy. Furthermore, it’s obvious certain jurisdictions are withholding data showing deaths by age associated with COVID-19. Reporters should be skeptical and demand full disclosure.
Deniers, please don’t refer to those who deny the science of things as skeptics. :P
I take the threat of contagious diseases quite seriously and do not dismiss the hazards of COVID-19.
But part of the communications problem you’ve identified is caused by the fact that many writers, pundits and politicians have added their own spin to the meaning of “social distancing.”
They include the implication that it can only work if everyone stays home unless absolutely necessary. They scold those of us who still go out, even if we are careful to keep our distance from others.
From a Johns Hopkins University page: (https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/coronavirus-social-distancing-and-self-quarantine)
Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19.
Except in the most densely populated areas, it’s not difficult to stay at least 6 feet away from others while still engaging in many normal activities.
Speaking for myself as a critical reader, I lose trust in writers and speakers that advocate for exaggerated actions that carry the promise of substantial harm. I’ll follow expert advice; please do not add to the restrictions.
The way I would go about this, ask them if they have parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles? Tell them that their risky behavior will catch and then transfer to those who have an increased risk of dying during a time when the healthcare system will be overloaded.