Saturday, March 14, 2020

COV2D-19

The biggest problem that I am facing is the need for social distancing.

I understand its utility. I understand the goal of flattening the curve of infection and the need to avoid overwhelming the critical health care system.

What worries me is that social distancing cuts off the people that need society. Social distancing works for those privileged enough to have VPN access and laptops. Social distancing works for people who have food and (god help us all) toilet paper. Social distancing works for those with office closure policies and long-term deadlines and money in the bank.

Social distancing is much more challenging for small business owners. Social distancing is very challenging for part-time employees. Social distancing conflicts with the service workers who are restocking grocery store shelves for the rest of us.

Social distancing pulls us apart when we need to be finding ways to lift each other up.

And I don't know how to solve it. And I don't need to solve it for myself. But how can I not exacerbate the problem for others? And how do I balance my desires against the absolutely true unknowns about who is carrying the virus and how do you know when you are sick? And how do we keep each other healthy and not let society slowly ebb away?

I don't have any answers.

I'm just typing my thoughts and feelings out there. It's running through my mind every hour of every day since this all began. (I originally typed the word madness there and then backed off from it because I don't want to seem like the Monster Shouter.)

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