Upon finding the tennis courts at Bicentennial Park locked this morning, I am compelled to write. Popular recreational activities in Citrus County — tennis, golf, kayak, biking, fishing — are very low risk. Reducing opportunities for healthy outdoor activities that lend themselves to social distancing is counterproductive, especially compared to the crowds at Walmart and other grocery stores.
When the number of COVID-19 cases are published, it is never put in perspective, i.e. compared with the incidence or deaths from other infectious diseases, including flu, or overdoses, car accidents, heart disease, cancer, etc., over the same time period. At this point it is far lower than any of these. Media sensationalism is fueling the hysteria.
Additional draconian measures will not prevent radical groups with conspiracy theories about the origin of COVID-19 from openly defying government mandates. Or others who just choose to ignore them. No matter what, the virus will likely have some presence in the general population.
Shutting down the economy is having its own set of public health issues, especially hunger, shelter and mental health. These will get far worse as the number of people unable to pay their bills skyrockets and will quickly eclipse problems with the virus itself.
At this point, no politician dares say anything contrary to the present course of action.
Am I speaking heresy, or do I make sense?