I suppose it’s not surprising that people quickly grow tired of streaming video and other at-home entertainment. We are, after all, social critters. I think the situation with the COVID-19 quarantine is a lot like drinking and driving. People who are sure that one or two drinks don’t make any difference will take the cars out to drive home from a party. People who believe that the coronavirus is no more than a bad case of the flu are willing to risk it for a chance to stretch their legs and meet their friends.
People like Mrs. Lion and I aren’t likely to survive a bout of the virus. We both have complicating conditions that seriously threaten our survival if we catch it. Let’s assume that being infected is unlikely to cause you much more than a few days of discomfort. Let’s also assume that you are aware that once you get this disease, you are contagious and can give it to others. Do you think about that before you head over to the park? The point is that the very existence of this disease is life-threatening to about 5% of the people who catch it. Doing dangerous things, like resuming normal life at this point, is no different than driving drunk in a school zone.
The real problem is that people are either selfish or thoughtless. I’m very disturbed by the extreme pressure to open things up again at this point. The number of cases is accelerating and the number of deaths continues to grow larger. This is irrefutable. Every single model has raised its estimates of deaths from COVID-19. These changes are based on the fact that people are less interested in staying isolated.
Until an effective vaccine finds its way to most of us, we’re not going to get rid of this disease. Even if the optimistic estimate of January 2021 to roll out the vaccine comes true, the effect on our economy and our personal lives will be devastating. There isn’t an easy answer. I believe that we have to wait a little longer to allow the infection and death rates to drop. This is a game of statistics. Many experts believe that when hospitalizations and deaths drop for two consecutive weeks, then it’s safe to begin going out again. All of the models forecast increased infection and death even under those conditions.
I realize this isn’t about sex, chastity, or female-led relationships. It’s about survival. We can’t afford to lose you as a reader. Please think twice before going out. You’ll save your own life and very possibly ours.