The Lincoln County Commission and the Newport City Council met separately Monday – both groups trying to give themselves permission to take a gamble on re-opening the coast to not only local residents (who have been stuck in their homes since last winter) but also to welcome back residents of Portland and the Willamette Valley who love to vacation on the coast or just go day-tripping on the weekends.
Hanging over their heads is the fact that no one knew how dangerous those visits could be in the face of the Covid-19 virus which is still hiding in the trees and in the virus-tolerant people who aren’t suffering. Just walking by such people, who show no symptoms, can infect little kids, adults and grandparents as they unknowingly breathe in the virus.
Against that description are the many thousands upon thousands of Oregonians who have lost their jobs and maybe soon their homes or cars and who desperately want Oregon’s economy (along with the rest of the country) to bounce back like it was the first of the year. But they know just outside their window is a silent killer
Americans, like the rest of humankind around the world, subconsciously believe that what you can’t see can’t hurt you. It’s a potentially fatal assumption – for hundreds of thousands of Covid-19 victims worldwide – a third of which are Americans – all of whom were totally unprepared for this viral attack.
Fast-forward to mid-March – not only do we find Americans laid-off their jobs but also trapped inside their homes because they don’t dare wander outside especially where large crowds gather or they could get the virus. So – in short, they’re jailed without bars.
Under Governor Kate Brown’s plans, she’s got phases 1, 2 and 3. Phase 1 is to BEGIN opening up certain stores and various recreational areas. Phase 2 is “OPENING MORE STORES” and more recreational opportunities. Phase 3 is pretty much “We beat the virus.”
It sounds like a credible approach, but medical scientists tell us that this virus is very strong and really smart. To eradicate it, the world’s scientific communities must come together, so wherever the virus strikes, it can be killed. It will take a world-wide army of viral detectives to get the job done. And keep it “done.”