_txchilibowl_ wrote:Ccwatercraft wrote:jmajew wrote:I know this may not be politically correct, but the people that are most at risk of dying from COVID are people over the age of 65, much as they are more susceptible to dying form the regular flu too. I have long thought we are better off putting a stay at home order for anyone 65 or older, and put strict safety precautions in for assisted living facilities/ senior living facilities. I understand why we didn't go that route and aren't now, but it would have been interesting to see that in action. My gut says we will be in lockdown again in Illinois in the next two weeks.
An over 65 stay at home order would help perhaps, but that would include a list that includes a good chunk of our politicians (starting with the president elect) and news broadcasters just for starters, half of our NFL head coaches are over 65.
Most people over 65 that I know are being cautious already, but "cautious" really means many just being a little more cautious than those of us in the 50-65 bracket. Even many that tell me they are being super careful are still going to the grocery and department stores with regularity. I'm just guessing but those that are actually doing it "right" are in the single digit % and some of those are still going to catch it.
Have you changed your mind regarding precautions that need to be taken? Because I remember that you were of the "I'm going to do what I want" mindset earlier during the pandemic.
Btw, this isn't meant to be confrontational. I'm genuinely interested to see if people's thought processes are open to change. Especially in places like Florida where I have many friends and family.
Of course it changed, back "then" 7 glorious months ago we had at best a handful if cases in my county of about a million and deaths were rare, even during the peak we only had 2-4 deaths and now its back down to 0 or 1, much much lower by far than Miami, which I avoided before covid anyway. But yes, I'm still going out of the house just like many others, my spouse is still leaving the house just like many others. We are dependent on our income just like many others. My spouse works in a high traffic area, human contact is unavoidable, so I'm exposed no matter what I do. I've traveled for work and personal reasons, I'm not a hermit, I can't afford to be.
Miami-dade has been one of the most strict areas in Florida since the beginning, and they have has absolutely terrible numbers the whole time with 3x the population of my area but 8x the case count and 6x the deaths. So if you have concerns about Florida and your family lives there, then you should probably be concerned.
I wouldn't suggest them heading to Illinois for safety, Illinois is doing terrible right now and I have friends and family scattered everywhere. Are peoples thought processes open to change there?