Letters for Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Evslin’s right on point

Dr. Lee Evslin, MD had the best advise: no hand shakes, no hugging, and 3 to 6 feet between people when talking, to slow the spread of Covid-19.

What about stopping flights from Washington state and New York state to Hawaii, in the same way we stop flights from China and Italy to the USA?

Later when testing is organized there can be screening at airports for Covid-19 and then airflights could resume.

Will M. Davis, Lihue

Make visitors declare their travel history to prevent COVID-19

We now have 2 visitors on Kauai, diagnosed with the Coronavirus, who arrived in Hawaii without proper screening. You have stated that airport screening is ineffective, but without trying it. It has been claimed that we don’t have the resources. However, all airport arrivals are required to fill out a form from the Visitors Bureau, which could easily adapted to include the following questions: (1) Where have you traveled in the last 6 months? (2) Have you had contact with anyone infected with the Coronavirus? (3) Are you exhibiting any flulike symptoms?

It doesn’t require a genius to figure out how to establish and implement this adaptation. This is certainly more important to the health and safety in Hawaii than whether airport arrivals are bringing in illegal pets, plants, etc. Please take action on this. The health and safety in Hawaii depends on your actions, not excuses.

William Hackett, Wailua

  1. Charlie Chimknee March 17, 2020 4:46 am Reply

    Airport arrival at plane departure with an INFRARED CAMERA AND TV MONITOR screening people for fever, and preclusion from access to the island.

    Quick and easy, scan them all as they pass the camera.

    Other countries are doing this..

  2. ruthann jones March 17, 2020 6:50 am Reply

    William…and you would rely on the truthfulness of tourists’ responses to questions?
    I wouldn’t!

    1. Tooindependent March 18, 2020 12:19 pm Reply

      Since you would lie you better go get checked you might have it already

  3. LTEreader March 17, 2020 8:10 am Reply

    (2) Have you had contact with anyone infected with the Coronavirus?

    It’s my understanding the 2 here now were in close contact with a family member on the Mainland that tested positive, yet they still hopped on a plane. Apparently they also did not say anything on Maui when they went to Urgent Care, twice. If they’d been open and honest I doubt they would have been able to fly to Kauai.
    Bottom line > There are many who will remain silent on these questions because they’re just concerned about themselves.

  4. Uncleaina March 17, 2020 9:11 am Reply

    Remember when knowingly spreading HIV was a crime? I’m sure it still is. If you failed to disclose your status yo health care workers it was also a crime. So it seems criminal that 2 visitors failed to disclose their history of contacts when on Maui complaining of covid symptoms. How is it different ? – — except there’s a cure for HIV! Then they blithely come to Kauai -where they should have never been allowed to come to- and now have already exposed our health care providers. As we say AWE! Shame! Be better than that! If mainland tourists wonder why they get pushback sometimes, this! This “me before everyone” attitude. It’s time for those people to go.

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