Residents should count for something
So let me get this straight. In an interview with Gov. Ige which appeared a couple days ago in The Garden Island in which he discussed the new protocols for testing people coming into Hawai‘i to avoid the 14-day quarantine, the governor said that shortly before leaving for Hawai‘i visitors needed to go to a CVS on the mainland to be tested for the coronavirus.
He specified that they must go to a CVS in their home state. Then he was asked, well, what about returning residents. He blustered a bit, then basically said it was just tough toenails for residents wanting to return without having to sit two weeks in their homes. Apparently he’d not thought that out yet.
Those of us who call Hawai‘i home and have been isolated for months now would love to visit friends and family on the mainland. It’s ridiculous that the governor hadn’t thought of those of us who live here and what we are to do if we visit the mainland. I hope he enlarges upon the testing protocol to provide for residents who return from travels. Don’t those of us who live here count for something?
Cmdr. Ken Fasig, U.S. Navy (ret.), Kalaheo
Identify those with positive virus tests
Those (visiting, returning) from their travel from the mainland or foreign countries who test positive for COVID-19 virus should have some kind of identification on them. Maybe a color band on the wrist, or some kind of necklace to identify the person has the virus.
It would be for our good, and the good of the EMT personnel and/or anyone who is qualified to administer CPR.
Let’s color-code these people. Especially now that people are starting to visit and not abide by the COVID-19 rules our state and county leaders has set.
Howard Tolbe, ‘Ele‘ele
All must do their part to stop spread of virus
I am disappointed that The Garden Island has chosen to reprint the misleading editorial entitled, “Don’t give in to fear, panic” in today’s paper.
Although I agree that a healthy lifestyle is a good recommendation and may offer some benefit in fighting disease in general, COVID-19 is unique. Because it is a novel coronavirus, there is no pre-existing immunity to the Sars-Cov-2 virus, and therefore prudent steps must be taken to avoid exposure to it, such as frequent hand-washing, social distancing and wearing masks. In addition, the extremely-contagious nature of this virus combined with the myriad symptoms and possible devastating complications from the disease emphasize the necessity to protect against transmission.
The author’s assertion that statistics on asymptomatic COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and mortality rates is unavailable is inaccurate. I would refer your readers to the following websites: CDC.gov, coronavirus.jhu.edu, and WHO.int for the latest information.
The constant reminder that the virus is out there and spreading is not meant to instill fear as much as it is meant to remind the public to be vigilant about protecting ourselves and others from a chance exposure. “Safe reopening” is a fiction without these precautions. Be smart, listen to the science, and do your part.
Joan Sable, Kapa‘a
• Editor’s note: Sable is a retired medical researcher.