Social distancing

I hope everybody stays safe during the Coronavirus epidemic, washes their hands frequently, and avoids unnecessary contact with others.

Ohio State University, where my dad still teaches, has canceled in-person classes, and he’s struggling to adapt to online instruction; he’s never done it before. The school Michael teaches at has also canceled classes for at least a month.

His school is in a residential facility for children with severe emotional/behavioral problems. They can’t live at home because it’s not safe for them or others. No internet access either, as these kids are prime targets for traffickers; so no online education for them. The poor kids will be stuck on their residential units for the duration; I suppose it’ll be a job to keep them from rioting.

I find myself wondering if people will be more likely to disappear, or less, during the social distancing. Cabin fever can result in severe friction even for healthy families, and people who live with abusive relatives are going to be at exceptional risk during this time period. The quarantine may also give some unhappy individuals the opportunity to walk out of their lives, since they’re unlikely to be missed for awhile.

30 thoughts on “Social distancing

  1. Patrick Kerrigan March 15, 2020 / 5:06 pm

    Here in Illinois, the dictator governor has ordered all restaurants and bars to close. I guess he never heard of the constitution and something called the bill of rights. He others in government have created a unnecessary panic. They use a figure of gatherings of under 250 people. Well, I was in a Walmart last evening, there was probably over 250 people there, buying everything in sight. So, that definitely helped spread the virus.

    I am more concerned getting shot by ones of Chicago gang bangers and one of those so-called undocumented individuals committing a violent crime. We had a one of those undocumented individuals running the street, by local authorities who molested a three-year old girl in a washroom in a McDonald’s. He and the other local leaders are okay with him running the streets instead of being turned over to immigration. There was another case of undocumented individual in New York, who knocked down, and sexually assaulted a 93 year old woman. She died, and the locals were okay that he was running the streets free as a bird.

    I am tied of these B.S. leaders allegedly trying to protect us. Who is going to pay all these employees who will be out of work. Maybe, I can get the president to quarantine the State of Illinois and their leaders in Wuhan, China. In fact I have a long list of them that can be sent there on a one-way trip. That will stop the spread of the virus.

    • Meaghan March 15, 2020 / 6:00 pm

      The governor was quite right to order the closure; the virus spreads easily in crowds. All events ought to be canceled as well. I may cancel my wedding depending on the situation.

      It’s well within the powers of the Constitution to close anything that’s a threat to public health. This is not new.

      Stores like Wal-Mart need to stay open since they stock essential items like food, diapers etc, that people still need, but there is absolutely no reason to go to a restaurant to eat. Still you ought to go to stores as least often as possible and stay as far away from other people as possible.

      Even if you don’t actually get sick, it’s possible to get this virus, show no symptoms, and go around for weeks spreading it to people who may die. I’m worried about my elderly parents, particularly my father who has asthma.

      • Janny March 15, 2020 / 9:09 pm

        Well said Meaghan. We are seeing more and more closures here in this part of Oregon. The sooner ”everyone’ takes this very seriously, the sooner it should be over, we can only pray that’s the case anyway.

    • Meaghan March 15, 2020 / 6:31 pm

      Some pesky facts: during the Spanish Flu, the city of St. Louis aggressively shut down all public gatherings, including schools, theaters, churches, bars etc. The similar sized city of Philadelphia did not any even threw a parade. St. Louis had one of the lowest flu death rates of all major American cities; Philadelphia’s death rate was five times greater.

      Not to be alarmist but this IS a public health emergency. We don’t want to end up like Italy which is at the moment completely overwhelmed.

    • diamondlil16 March 16, 2020 / 6:38 am

      Patrick, you must not be paying any attention to the live pressers that the President and Vice President have been holding or any COVID news coverage. You can watch the coverage on YouTube.

      Money HAS been allocated to pay for hourly workers that have to self quarantine at home, for businesses that have to close.

      Almost all countries affected are having businesses and schools close and travel bans. It’s for the greater good.

    • P.M. March 20, 2020 / 1:28 am

      This is a terrifying comment. The governor did the responsible thing. This is very serious. If we don’t stop it now or try do you realize what could happen? Do you?

      • Meaghan March 20, 2020 / 2:19 am

        Generally people are starting to grasp it, especially as even Trump has admitted the pandemic wasn’t a hoax after all, but there are still people waltzing around acting like nothing is wrong.

        A friend’s girlfriend’s got it. She got an autoimmune disease and a heart condition. My friend is terrified for her.

  2. Alice March 15, 2020 / 6:15 pm

    Makes you wonder if the same thing happened during the plague or Spanish Flu.

  3. Alice March 15, 2020 / 6:22 pm

    Yes, but in those days nobody talked about abuse.

  4. J. Leon March 16, 2020 / 5:37 pm

    Afraid I’ve nothing particuarly pithy to add in response to our dear friend Patrick. You handlied him quite well without our help, Meaghan.

    I WILL kick in a quote from philosopher George Santayana that has too often these last few years repeatedly come to mind, and certainly bears repeating now: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

    And in elucidation of the same, kindly peruse this gem from the Kansas City Star. Mayor Quinton Lucas, who yesterday banned gatherings of 50 or more, has certainly taken Santayana to heart.

    • Meaghan March 16, 2020 / 5:39 pm

      The guidelines just issued by the White House recommend avoiding groups of 10 or more for the next two weeks at least.

      We are trying to have a society here and in times like this everyone must pitch in and do their bit (even if their bit just means staying at home and binge-watching Netflix). Else everyone will pay the price.

  5. Patrick Kerrigan March 16, 2020 / 10:31 pm

    As someone who survived the polio health concerns of 1960’s and the death of a 7tb grade classmate from diphtheria, I see a bit of over reaction.

    We had a political party that spent several months inventing a crime that did not occur. They ignored the growing crisis, and claimed the travel ban with China as xenophobic. Now, they are claiming we did not do enough.

    Then, we must shut down everything. I find it interesting that the governor of my state did not declare a state of emergency when the street gangs were shooting, wounding, and killing 50 to 69 people a week. But, then he and many leaders are okay with the murder of 60 million unborn children.

    • Meaghan March 16, 2020 / 10:33 pm

      Can you not talk about abortion and illegal immigration and your politics on here, for crying out loud? My blog is not the place for your rants.

    • diamondlil16 March 17, 2020 / 2:52 am

      My maternal aunt didn’t survive the polio “concerns” Patrick. She died before I was ever born at the age of 13. She had both kinds, and in an iron lung in the Kansas City hospital. Made the Kansas City Star newspaper. She was the only one quarantined on that floor.

      I grew up hearing the stories of my dad’s fear to breathe the air and covering his face with his coat as a young kid.

      So kindly shut it. And keep your physical distance from others, and don’t cough or sneeze on anyone. You don’t like your city, state, governor, move. Plenty of towns and cities that don’t have gang problems.

    • forthelost March 17, 2020 / 9:30 pm

      The polio concerns involved shutting down a lot of public institutions, you know.

      • Meaghan March 17, 2020 / 9:33 pm

        Plus polio had a vaccine by the 50s. We aren’t likely to get a vaccine for Corona for years.

  6. Alice March 18, 2020 / 5:40 pm

    Also makes you wonder about people – currently listed on the site or otherwise – being held in basements and the like. Are their captors going to kill them because they might worry about food supplies? Makes you shudder.

  7. Patrick Kerrigan March 20, 2020 / 11:58 am

    Well, another journalist commented on the radio about surviving the Asian flu in 1957, polio, mumps, measles, and other sicknesses.

    Also, a microbiologist in Israel, has made comments about the panic created. I like that the media is standing by the Chinese Communist, who are upset that we call it the Wuhan or Chinese Virus. No wonder people are in a panic, created by certain elected officials who tote political correctness.

    But, they were okay discriminating against many legal immigrants from European countries. Also, years ago, legal immigrants were screened before being allowed into the country. If they were sick, they were quarantined, and quite often sent back. In fact two quarantine facilities were burned down by residents in Staten Island.

    Nothing like freedom of speech

    • Meaghan March 20, 2020 / 12:05 pm

      Patrick, seriously, for the last time, you don’t know what you are talking about. Not about history, or immigration, and certainly not about COVID-19.

      Seriously, just stop with your misinformed rants. I already asked you once before. Shut your mouth, read and learn, and shelter in place. I sincerely hope you and your loved ones don’t get sick.

      • diamondlil16 March 20, 2020 / 11:36 pm

        Illinois just joined the Stay At Home thru Aprik 6 I believe.
        I think it’s getting close to quarantining Patrick from your blog. For the greater good. 🙂

      • Meaghan March 21, 2020 / 8:42 am

        The chair of the board of commissioners in Rice County, KS said he didn’t think the epidemic would be a problem in Kansas because there are few Chinese people there.

        And this, ladies and gentlemen, is Exhibit A of why we should not call it “the Chinese Virus.” There are actually morons who think you can’t get this if you’re not Chinese or at least Asian. Kind of like how, back when it was first discovered in the US, AIDS was called “gay related immunodeficiency” and many people believed that straights were immune.

        Names matter.

        As for Patrick, his previous comment history was very good, a valuable contribution to the blog. I hope he stays healthy and resumes his valuable input on missing persons cases.

    • doc March 20, 2020 / 2:43 pm

      Patrick, looks like your suggestions were right-on about the Ronald Todd McNutt case. It appears they simply chose not to test the material, after saying they would, and before deciding to just refuse all comment on it. Problem is, they’ve extended that “no comment” even to McNutt’s daughter, who is understandably devastated by the uncertainty over her dad’s fate.

  8. Patrick Kerrigan March 21, 2020 / 6:30 pm

    Doc, there is a case of a 17-yesr old who was murdered in Fresno County, California sometime in 1970’s. He and his sister were real close. In 2004, they told her they were going to test some DNA on someone in prison. She never heard anything back from them.

    It is assumed they did a test, and most likely negative. She asked them and kept being blown off. However, they offered to send her the underwear he was wearing. That would been nice if them, to send an item of possible evidence to her.

    However, we see this in many cold cases, that get ignored and the family left behind is cast aside.

    A few months ago, there was some news about the Teekah Lewis case on Tacoma, Washington. A new detective was reviewing the case and came across stuff that appears not have been followed up on
    Two witnesses mentioned a guy, with a pockmarked face, that one witness actually ran into at the bowling alley, with the girl.

    Law enforcement needs to get better with keeping the families in the loop.

    • DOC March 22, 2020 / 2:22 pm

      The Fresno case sounds absolutely bizarre. I wonder if someone did that sarcastically, or what. It couldn’t have been intended as a serious response by them.

  9. diamondlil16 March 22, 2020 / 11:58 pm

    Meaghan, your dog might like this short little vid from a pooch in Canada for the two-leggeds. 🙂

    Pluto’s PSA for the COVID

    • diamondlil16 March 23, 2020 / 12:08 am

      That’s Pluto’s 2nd COVID video, the first one addresses the toilet paper shortage among other things, lol. I didn’t realize the video would actually embed here.

      • Meaghan March 23, 2020 / 12:14 am

        Awwww. It’s adorable.

        Kinsey says humans who are out of toilet paper should just try using piddle pads. She does. I mean, she does her business outside mostly, but she’s old and sometimes can’t hold it, so she knows to use the piddle pads.

  10. diamondlil16 March 24, 2020 / 10:25 am

    Oh, Kinsey has a great suggestion! I have a box that I haven’t had to use in a good while, as my littlest dog son finally got trained.

    Pluto also has a FB page with other videos.

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