The team is studying how and when we might safely come together again in person. The following is an example of the thinking we believe is worth sharing. Here is the beginning of a recent article by Aaron E. Carroll, a physician in Indiana: "Stop Expecting Life to Go Back to Normal Next Year: Americans will need to take pandemic precautions well into 2021 — yes, even after a vaccine arrives by "Dr. Anthony Fauci warned us last week that Covid-19 is likely to be hanging over our lives well into 2021. He’s right, of course. We need to accept this reality and take steps to meet it rather than deny his message. Many Americans are resistant to this possibility. They’re hoping to restart postponed sports seasons, attend schools more easily, enjoy rescheduled vacations and participate in delayed parties and gatherings. It is completely understandable that many are tiring of restrictions due to Covid-19. Unfortunately, their resolve is weakening right when we need it to harden. This could cost us dearly".
Some of the further points Dr. Carroll goes on to make are these:
Aaron E. Carroll is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times. He is a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute who blogs on health research and policy at The Incidental Economist and makes videos at Healthcare Triage. He is the author of “The Bad Food Bible: How and Why to Eat Sinfully.” @aaronecarroll
Dr. Carroll's entire article can be found at: nytimes.com/2020/09/15/opinion/coronavirus-precautions.html
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10/22/2020 03:50:50 pm
I agree that we cannot get back to “normal” for many, many months, maybe years. But that does not mean that we must have no in-person activities. Please tell me if you think this suggestion is not advisable, and why.
11/26/2020 08:50:56 am
A small group outdoors would meet many "requirements" but we would still have the challenge of disinfecting any furniture, doorknobs, sinks, toilets, etc. used during the meeting. Perhaps Curran's work with Rev. Tania will address all this and we can find a way...
10/28/2020 02:58:14 pm
I think Steve has made some good points. It is probably always the case that some of swill be disabled in some way while others are disabled in others. We are learning that isolation is disabling for some, not so much for others. Perhaps we can find ways to help each other in ways we have not thought through yet. Like visiting fellow members who are neighbors while observing social distancing and and wearing masks.
11/2/2020 03:19:52 pm
I think Steve has a possible approach for very small groups. I could see the UUCSG doing a very small meditation circle based on praying a new story. We are working on a proposal that Rev. Tania has agreed to bring to the Re-Opening Team.
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