Our health is worth being bored for a few weeks
Published 7:51 pm Wednesday, March 25, 2020
We understand that everyone — especially children — are probably getting to the point of being bored out of their minds.
Many of us are still working, but for those who aren’t, life is a bit boring at the moment.
That’s unfortunately what happens when restaurants close their dining areas and many businesses close.
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Many churches are holding virtual services.
All of it is extremely necessary as we all work to do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 before it overwhelms our healthcare system.
It seems repetitive by now — wash your hands, keep a 6-foot social distance and stay at home if you feel sick.
And we understand that there are only so many reruns on television, and that even video games and movies grow stale after a while.
But we’ve got to admit we were disappointed when Lanett Mayor Kyle McCoy talked about the police having to break up a party of around 100 people on Friday night.
For the last few weeks, medical workers have been screaming from the top of their lungs that we need to practice social distancing and avoid being in groups larger than 10.
We’re not trying to single anyone out — nor do we know where the party was or who hosted it (nor does it matter).
Rather, we want to use it as an example.
If every person in Chambers County does their part, except for a group of 100 — which could be family members, a church service, an event — then it won’t matter.
The disease will probably continue to spread as each person in that large group returns to their families and jobs.
That’s what we don’t think people are getting. You may feel fine.
Everyone in your house might feel fine, but you could have COVID-19 and not have any symptoms.
And yes, it’s great if that’s the case and you have no symptoms.
Four-fifths of people who get this disease are fine.
But senior seniors and people higher in age are highly susceptible to other complications, which makes this virus deadly.
We all need to do our part for a short time to flatten the curve, which means stop the disease from overwhelming what our hospitals can handle.
Be bored for a few weeks, maybe even longer.
It’s worth it for the health of our society.