EDITORIAL: It’s dangerous to mock covid restrictions

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Categories: Editorial, Opinion

Joe Borelli
@JoeBorelliNYC
I’ll be having more than 10 ppl at my house on Thanksgiving. My address is public record. Some family will come from (gasp!) New Jersey. Kids will see their grandparents, cousins will play in the yard, sis in law will bring strawberry rhubarb pie, & a turkey will be overcooked.

That’s one response posted Wednesday on Twitter by a New York City councilman shortly after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new covid-related directive requiring all bars, restaurants and gyms to close at 10 p.m. and limiting private gatherings to 10 people.
Here’s another Twitter post that coincidentally appeared around the same time.

FacesOfCOVID
@FacesOfCOVID
ROBIN BARRETT of Oregon died of COVID in April. He joined the Marines at age 17 after the attacks on Pearl Harbor, & later fought at the Battle of Iwo Jima. After the war he raised a family & worked in sales and as a Little League coach. #VeteransDay2020

Whether you believe covid isn’t really a serious health crisis (It is.) or that the media is overblowing the problem (It’s not.) or that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is overstepping his legal authority in imposing directives (He isn’t.), then at least give some credence to the prospect that there just might be something to be concerned about with this virus and take basic precautions to prevent yourselves and others from getting the virus.

Too many people are taking this crisis lightly, despite the fact that cases are surging across the country by well more than 100,000 a day, topping 10 million cases overall.

New York had its highest number of new cases Tuesday (4,820) since April.

The death count in the U.S. has surpassed 240,000 and is expected to increase by 110,000 in the next two months.

Medical facilities and professionals around the nation are overwhelmed with covid cases, and it’s not even winter yet.

You can thumb your nose at “King Cuomo” and bring up the nursing home deaths as evidence of his failure to control the disease. You can argue he’s abusing his power.

You can legitimately question whether the broad approach of his directives is justified in every single case. No one has the perfect plan for dealing with this outbreak, certainly not Gov. Cuomo.

But mocking the directives in order to undermine them and discourage action is stupid, dangerous and inhumane.

Wear masks. Stay apart. Don’t host gatherings or go places where you could help spread the virus. Make some sacrifices.

And before you echo the behavior in the first tweet, think about what happened in the second one.

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