Jane Muhlenbruch-Yee: Coronavirus: Get out; immunize the herd
In March we needed to flatten the curve so our health care system wasn’t overrun. We did that. It’s May and we’ve learned a lot. This is what I know.
We prevented a lot of deaths, but the model’s predictions were way off. It seems sun and heat kill this virus. A couple of drugs are being used to treat the virus along with antibiotics for the pneumonia symptoms. The death rate is dropping.
My CU-Boulder college student was sick in February with a cough and mild pneumonia. He took the test and has SARS-CoV-2 antibodies.
We aren’t sure if COVID-19 will behave the same as the SARS (Bird Flu) and MERS coronaviruses. As summer came, SARs cases dropped off and didn’t return the following fall. COVID-19 cases are dropping off nowand might resurge in the fall. Or they might not.
Gov. Polis picked which businesses could operate or be shuttered. We need our Legislature back at work doing oversight. As our economy opens up, we have to be careful, but we also have to realize that a one-size-fits-all solution doesn’t work.
We need our schools and colleges open in the fall. To prevent a resurgence then, we need to encourage herd immunity now. I think if you are healthy, under 40, and don’t live with a senior citizen or an at-risk person, take off the mask. Let the kids see their friends and play at the park. Make herd immunity a goal for nearly everyone under 40 by midsummer. If all goes well, then those under 65 can take off the masks next.
Each individual must take responsibility for their health. If you are scared or have risk factors, shelter at home and wear a mask when out.
Barbara J. Richards: Speed limit: 20 is not plenty
Regarding “20 is Plenty” I am a proud owner of a 1993 Saab, which is not automatic. I’m guessing that many of the people behind this movement drive automatic cars.
I have tried recently to drive 20 miles an hour, and this speed lugs my engine, causing me to have to shift much more often.
I also travel one street quite often, that has not one, but two speed bumps within one block — which I do not understand at all. Who decides how/where speed bumps happen?
I am happy to report that in 67 years of driving I have never hit anyone or anything. I will continue this record, and when I feel I’m no longer able, I will turn in my car keys.
Barbara J. Richards
Sharon Larocque: 20 is plenty: What about other streets?
What about the rest of us?
I live on Folsom Street. The 30 mph speed limit is a joke. Speeding cars and vehicles with loud mufflers drive by constantly.
We on Folsom Street need help, too.
Dolores Afainer: Social distancing: It doesn’t have to be difficult
Simple answer to ignoring the social distancing rules: Ask the person, if you become infected, “Will you reject medical care?”
If they answer “yes” they get an indelible stamp on their hand. They can stay. If they answer “no” then they must quietly leave.
Henry Lansford: Boulder Creek: Party like it’s 2020, not 1399
Re: Charlie Brennan’s front-page May 20 article about hundreds of young people in the water and on the banks of Boulder Creek celebrating their defiance of public health orders prohibiting large gatherings and prescribing face masks and social distancing.
According to a recent New York Times article (nytimes.com/2020/05/10/health/coronavirus-plague-pandemic-history.html?fbclid=IwAR0KXthXkNEXX-4DXTc1V_iDzlvq-3w-BtFPhXYID_0ZH3E-o3eQOZJag18), here is how Giovanni Boccaccio described the way that some of the people of Florence, Italy, responded to the terrible medieval plague of the 14th century.
Their way of coping, he wrote, was to “drink heavily, enjoy life to the full, go round singing and merrymaking, and gratify all of one’s cravings when the opportunity emerged, and shrug the whole thing off as one enormous joke.”
Is history repeating itself?
Barbara Hanst: Child detention: End imprisonment of Palestinian children
As a grandmother and a person who has traveled to the Holy Land, I am appalled that U.S. taxpayer money ($3.8 billion a year) is being used to imprison Palestinian children in Israeli prisons and detention centers during the COVID-19 pandemic..
Some of the children are as young as 12 and many are detained without a formal charge. One year ago Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota introduced a bill in Congress (H.R.2407) requiring that no U.S. funds be used to support military detention, interrogation, abuse or ill-treatment of Palestinian children. There are 22 co-sponsors of this legislation but I regret that Rep. Joe Neguse is not one of them.
At the end of March of this year 194 Palestinian children were in Israeli prisons or detention centers, an increase of 6% from January. As a member of the United Church of Christ, which in 2017 took a stand against this practice, I am calling upon Rep. Neguse to work with Rep. McCollum to end this injustice. Call him at 202-225-2161 and ask him to join us.