Ounce of prevention

October 5, 2020

Editor:

On the front page of the Sept. 30 edition of Mohave Valley Daily News was an article that disturbed me greatly.  It was comments from our District 2 Sup. Hildy Angius in which she wants to rescinding the March proclamation by Chairman Jean Bishop for a state of emergency regarding COVID-19 pandemic.

My problem is when did the supervisors become professionals in the way to react to a pandemic?  Sup. Bishop apparently issued the proclamation with advice from medical professionals in March.

The article continued on Page 3 and in the next column to the article are headlines “Seven new COVID-19 cases reported in county by Mohave County Public Health”.

“The county has reported 3881 confirmed cases, 3501 are considered to have recovered.  There have been 216 deaths”.

On Page 6, headlines “As schools reopen, COVID-19 cases rise among children”.

“Children of all ages now make up 10% of all U.S. cases, up from 2% in April.

“As of Sept. 24, the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics counted nearly 625,000 youth cases up to age 20, a 14% increase over the previous 2 weeks.  Deaths totaled 109, well under the 1% of all COVID-19  fatalities in the U.S.”.

Do you want to play Russian roulette with your children’s lives, or shall we listen to the medical experts and not the politicians?

What I want to know is where did these supervisors get their medical degrees on infectious diseases and why are they trying to downplay the seriousness of this terrible disease which as of this date has not cure, no vaccines and no way to prevent the spread except to wear a mask in public, social distance and engage in frequent washing of hands (cleanliness)?

It infuriates me that politicians are giving advice on medical issues with no experience and saying that “I trust people to take care of their own health.”

Of course, we take care of our own health, if we are smart, we listen to the medical experts and not the politicians.

Here is my proclamation, not being an expert, in the subject of pandemics, it works for me.

Just because the governors/cities open the business’ without precaution in place, does not mean you have to runout and patronize them.  Sorry business owners,   Common sense approach’.

Stay home, stay safe.  Wear the mask if you go out.  Social distance, keep hands away from face until hands washed thoroughly. 

As Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

The life you save may be your own.

Carmen Francis, Bullhead City

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