Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Erie Times E-Edition Article- Now no time to falter in COVID fight

Posted by M. C. on May 28, 2020

My thoughts are:

People that talk about such things have been warning the medical community for at least a decade that Wuhan is a coronavirus cesspool and the “big one” is coming. People like Fauci have been bloviating on youtube for 5 or more years about the “big one” coming. The US has $137 million investment in the Wuhan lab at the epicenter of the outbreak. Yet through the grossest of negligence or intent the current situation was allowed to happen.

The Erie Times editorial board has a different point of view. Government is our savior and the problem is you and me.

Now no time to falter in COVID fight

The issue: COVID-19 spreads in Erie County Our view: Safety measures will restore liberty

Neighboring rural Warren and Crawford counties will enter the green phase Friday, their residents free, with safety precautions taken, to visit a salon, dine at a restaurant or take in a movie.

For those looking across the county lines in envy or anger, remember it is not Gov. Tom Wolf, Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper or even the coronavirus itself keeping us in partial lockdown. It is ourselves.

A persistent, vocal minority here chafe against and flout restrictions. In rural Erie County, where the virus is less prevalent, it might be difficult to keep the danger in focus and resolve mustered. Let Wednesday’s front page be a reminder of the work to be done to restore safety and commerce in Erie County.

Headlines detailed the nation’s sobering milestone – 100,000 COVID-19 deaths in about 100 days.

Dahlkemper announced yet another uptick in county cases, 25 since Friday.

Then there was the dangerous indignity visited on Erie police officers performing their duties amid what should be a solemn holiday weekend devoted to honoring fallen heroes. Responding to a complaint about a group drinking and shooting off fireworks early Sunday, police officers wound up in a struggle with a drug suspect who then vomited in a patrol car. At the station, he let it be known he might have COVID-19.

Testing at UPMC Hamot confirmed it.

So now five officers are idled in quarantine, at risk of infection. Three soiled cruisers were taken off the streets, and fatigued Erie County Department of Health contact tracers have more potential cases to track down.

Many here have risen to the demands of this public health emergency. We thank all who have followed safety guidelines and sacrificed their income, freedom and contact with loved ones for the greater good.

Dalhkemper on Tuesday highlighted two businesses enforcing necessary safety measures of sanitation, masks and social distancing, Scotland Yards Greenhouse in Edinboro and the Dairy Queen in Lawrence Park, which has painted ice cream cones on the ground to mark out spaces 6 feet apart.

How long will it be until those straining for freedom realize it is within their power to have it by simply following the rules?

The longer it takes to rein in the spread, the more economic pain we will endure.

Gathering sans masks and safe distances gives the virus the opportunity to leap from host to host until it reaches people like Karen King, of Corry, a 78-year-old COVID-19 patient just released from the hospital. Ron Leonardi chronicled her suffering on Wednesday’s front page.

As Dahlkemper said Tuesday, the virus is not going away anytime soon. The price for our freedom, mercifully, at this moment of national trial is not blood, just a mask, some sanitizer and space.

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