The problem with the coronavirus pandemic and the fear and reality of a deadly infection is that instead of uniting us as human beings, it is creating some type of hate among us.
Many are in favor of an immediate end to business shutdowns. I heard others saying that it is up to business owners to determine how to ensure social distancing.
There are protests almost everywhere in the country with signs reading: “Life is not worth living without Freedom,” Others display signs reading: “Give me Liberty or give me Death.” All those displaying the words of Patrick Henry, yet do they know the exact meaning of his quotation near the start of the American Revolution?
Are they meaning to start a revolution over a medical epidemic of which we know so little? We live in an almost free country; if you want the liberty to choose to risk your life, go on, it’s your choice. If you want the freedom to live your life the way you want, regardless of the consequences, it’s your decision.
But, if something goes wrong and somebody in your family dies because he or she was infected by the virus, don’t come out with one of those “Go Fund Me” things, trying to raise funds for the funeral. You will be on your own. I don’t agree or disagree with our Governor and my Mayor; they both have the right to their own opinions. But I always wondered about what Governor Sisolak considered essential business. A truck rental business is essential? What if someone infected with the virus rented a moving truck and returned it for an employee of that company to be forced to clean and disinfect that truck, breathing what the other person left inside. Is this fair? What makes that business essential?
Suppose all our businesses are opened up and become ready for business as usual. Let’s say all casinos open up tomorrow. How are they going to separate all those stools in front of slot machines to keep the supposed social distance. Are they going to remove some of those stools in order to keep the six feet distance from one to another? Are casino executives going to hire special personnel to make sure people are keeping that supposed social distance?
If it’s a Beauty Shop and a woman walks in requesting color and a haircut, how are they going to keep the social distance, unless the hairdresser is an octopus to reach the client’s head with its tentacles six feet away?
People are already forgetting the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic. People already forgot about the HIV/AIDS pandemic, first identified in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1976; it has truly proven itself as a global pandemic, killing more than 26 million people since 1981 and counting.
The Flu Pandemic of 1968, referred to as the “Hong Kong Flu,” and the Asian Flu of 1956, which, just like the Coronavirus, also originated in China and caused the death of 69,800 persons in the United States alone.
You want to go back to work and ignore the dangers of the situation? Go ahead, it’s your privilege, and of course, your right, and you are free to do what you want.
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Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.