Letter for Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Distance apart

This is to correct one of the letters to the editor yesterday concerning the distance people should try to stay apart.

I stated it in yesterday’s column but I thought I should repeat it. The CDC states that once coronavirus is circulating in your community, the distance between people should be at least six feet. We learned Friday that it is here on Kaua’i, and we should be following the greater guidelines. Greater than six feet or six to ten feet is now what you see and hear most often. Social distancing means much more though than just standing further apart. It means trying to basically isolate yourself and your family until the experts feel more confident that the spread of this has slowed down considerably and we are told to return to normal activities. If we can slow the spread over months rather than days or weeks we will hopefully not overwhelm ourselves as caretakers and our medical facilities and providers. We are all responsible for trying to slow the spread down and hopefully as an island, a state, a nation, and a world, we can.

Lee Evslin, MD, Lihu‘e

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