At a time when everyone needs to follow the guidelines to control the spreading of the coronavirus, there are still people who simply do not grasp the seriousness of the situation or don’t care. For example, some Sri Lankans returning from Italy after that country got shut down evaded the checks and the quarantines imposed at the airport and went to their homes and, even worse, blithely wandered around their home areas, thus contributing to the spread of the virus. Strenuous efforts have been made to try and locate them and get them tested and quarantined, with only partial success.
I heard from family in Sri Lanka that the government has taken extreme measures to curb the spread of the virus. They imposed a nationwide curfew from 6:00pm last Friday until 6:00 am Tuesday (tomorrow) that will then be re-imposed again at noon until Friday at 6:00 am. This means that people will have just a six-hour window on Tuesday to replenish food and other supplies. One can only imagine the rush there will be at that time because people in Sri Lanka tend not to have large stockpiles of food in their homes. The police have been cracking down on people who have been violating the curfew.
I was surprised to read that last weekend, some California beaches and parks experienced ‘unprecedented traffic’.
From the parks in Marin County to the trails in the East Bay to the beaches in Los Angeles, the number of people fleeing their homes for much-needed open air has been unprecedented — prompting some officials on Monday to question whether the increased demand could negate the goal of the statewide order to limit close contact with others.
“What we saw this past weekend at a lot of parks was more than what we see even on the busiest holidays,” Dave Mason, spokesperson for the East Bay Regional Park District, said Monday. “People clearly want to get out for exercise and stress release, but overcrowding is definitely a concern.”
It is hard to imagine that this is still happening at this stage when the warnings about the need for social distancing have been drilled into everyone’s heads. As a result, the governor has closed the parking lots at parks and beaches in five counties with the promise of more closures to come.
This montage below is of mayors in Italy furiously telling people who are ignoring the restrictions to stay home and not go gallivanting around, with some of the mayors even going out into the streets to scold people.
"I stopped him and said, 'Look, this isn't a movie. You are not Will Smith in I Am Legend. Go home."
This is the updated compilation of Italian Mayors losing it at people violating #Covid19 quarantine. Yes, subtitles are accurate. pic.twitter.com/60V4Csuonb
— 🌈 (@protectheflames) March 22, 2020
Hadley Freeman says that it should be now socially acceptable for anyone, not just Italian mayors, to tell other people, not just family and friends but even strangers, who are wandering around as if there is nothing to worry about to stop doing that and go home.
If everyone, and I mean everyone, could isolate themselves for two weeks, the spread of the virus will be stopped. While that ideal is impossible, it does give us some indication of how important social distancing is in at least curbing the spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, Neil Diamond has slightly changed the lyrics to his megahit Sweet Caroline (a rousing song that seems to be mandatory at all wedding receptions where there a DJ providing the music) to fit the times and makes it into a public service announcement.
Stay safe out there! “Hands… washing hands..” 🎶 pic.twitter.com/QaRB1qZshp
— Neil Diamond (@NeilDiamond) March 22, 2020