Should we cancel our community dinner?
The text came in while we were watching the news. One after another, closures are happening in response to the coronavirus – schools, sporting events, legislature, etc.
So far there have been no cases in our area. Our first instinct is to say no.
My daughter’s company is preparing for the emergency. She is charged with envisioning a plan. Work from home is the reasonable alternative, except their network cannot support all employees doing so. She will have to determine who is essential – i.e. will remain onsite – and who will be permitted to work offsite.
I ask her advice.
“I tend to lean on the side of your neighbour,” she suggests. “Everyone in your community is in the high risk category.”
I don’t have to be reminded. Covid 19 can be fatal to those with pre-existing conditions. I would be threatened.
“Think of it Mom. Say there is a case at my work, and I inadvertently bring it to you. That could wipe out your whole neighbourhood. Better to start safe practices now.”
So we all stay home, we avoid contact with others, we stop shopping, eating out – it boggles my mind.
The dominos are falling. Where is this all leading? What happens when the dust settles?
Thoughts? Examples? Interpretations?
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