The following Letter to the Editor was submitted by Susan Morgan, a resident in the City of Oakley, who shares more of her thoughts in bullet point format on social distancing, shelter-in-place and how we should open the economy back up.
This is a follow-up to my Letter of April 27, 2020, with additional clarifications and thoughts on our current situation.
- One quick clarification – my initial Letter to the Editor did not contain, anywhere within
it, the words “City” or “Oakley”. These words were added by the editor, to indicate
residency. Editors do that.
- The death rates for COVID are now decreasing, while incidents of other quarantine-
related tragedies are sharply rising. Suicides are spiking; child abuse and domestic
violence are festering behind closed doors; depression, alcoholism, drug abuse, stress,
and anxiety are all dramatically increasing. Opening up is about more than just how
many new cases are detected or tests are processed; it is also about how much damage are we doing – medically and socially, as well as economically – by staying closed. There are costs to isolation – and we are not balancing that equation.
- One of the goals of the Governor’s strategy is to develop herd immunity. Herd immunity
requires that individual immunity exists – that people, once infected, develop immunity.
Without individual immunity, herd immunity could not exist. Without individual
immunity, a vaccine could not be developed – vaccines are created by duplicating the
immune response of infected individuals who have recovered. Infectious disease experts
believe that COVID patients are very likely to develop immunity, and these experts
support the focus on developing a vaccine.
- Preventative medicine has been effectively blocked. These so-called “elective” procedures include a myriad of health treatments across the board. Cancer patients can’t get screening and early treatments. Hernia sufferers are told to wait and suffer. Dental
procedures are being delayed, causing further decay and deterioration, some of which
will result in permanent damage. Cataract patients, requiring a simple surgical out-patient
procedure, are told to wait, and hope they don’t go blind. We used to practice
preventative medicine – to identify and fix problems before they became major disorders.
This standard of care was considered good medicine. What kind of medicine are we
- Individuals without face masks are being harassed. Section 9 of the Contra Costa Health
Order to Wear Face Coverings reads, in part: A Face Covering is not required to be worn
by an individual if a medical professional has advised that wearing one may pose a risk
for health related reasons… . If you see a person without a face mask, do not assume,
judge, or harass them. They may just be trying to breathe, the only way they can. If that
makes you uncomfortable, you can choose to keep your distance. They too need to shop
for food and other necessities.
- Public officials, who are receiving full paychecks funded by taxpayers, continue to force
many of those taxpayers to stay home and receive no paychecks, or to reduce their
services and receive smaller paychecks. The Emergency Powers Act, which has provided these officials with unprecedented powers, is being used without any checks and balances. How long can officials continue to claim that there is an “emergency” justifying this?
- Is it selfish to want to work hard, put a roof over your head, and provide for your family? Is it selfish to want to earn a living, save money, buy a house, and put your kids through college? This used to be the American Dream. Now it is considered selfish? How far have we fallen?
- I am not a Republican. I am not a Democrat. I am an “independent” (NPP). This is not, and should not be, about parties or politics. This is about life – our way of life, and the devaluation of it.
- I had this virus. I was sick in bed for two weeks. During part of that time, I was gasping for breath and coughing so hard it hurt. After two weeks, I was up and around, but still weak and coughing. After three weeks, it was gone, and I was back to work. I am a significantly older adult and subject to arterial heart fibrillations. The vast majority of the people infected with this virus will suffer symptoms no worse than mine, and most far less.
- Quarantining those who are “high risk” or sick may make sense. But quarantining those who are healthy does not. The impacts of quarantining the healthy are far worse than the repercussions of the virus itself. Quarantine the sick – free the healthy, and let them get back to their lives.
Resident of the City of Oakley
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