Not to be dramatic pero the possibility of any sort of collective future and restored sense of “normality” depends on the decisions we, as individuals, make today. That has always been the case but is especially so now. This morning, President Trump admitted the pandemic is “not under control.”
Meanwhile, hundreds of young folks flocked to local bars, restaurants and beaches in several community spread areas this past weekend in what appears to be an attempt to flaunt their ill-placed defiant natures. For once, being defiant begs us to take a humble, solo stance rather than a defiant one.
“Everybody has to get involved in distancing themselves socially… When you think you’re doing enough, you’re probably doing just enough or not enough,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“Get criticized for overreacting,” he begged, in an effort to flatten the infamous curve.
“Flatten the curve, go home!”
Brooklyn residents take matters into their own hands.
— Eoin Higgins (@EoinHiggins_) March 16, 2020
To “flatten the curve,” simply means to lessen the number of cases (and deaths) over time through collective action—or lack thereof, through distancing—as The Washington Post‘s infographics explain so well.
But whatever you choose to do to pass the time, a glass of Culitos and/or cocktail can now keep you company no matter how vacant your minibar looks. In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio are taking small yet heavy baby steps to mitigate damages. In addition to the decision to close schools and decrease the number of folks allowed in one place at a time to ten, de Blasio announced that all food locales will move to a take-out only basis for the foreseeable future.
In other words, you can now order alcohol to-go as a way to ease your nerves and help your favorite spots survive the crisis. A win-win, if you will.
By order of @NYCMayor all restaurants, bars and cafes will shift to delivery and take-out only at 8pm tonight. All movie theaters, small theaters, nightclubs and commercial gyms will close. pic.twitter.com/RFS3I4gPDE
— City of New York (@nycgov) March 16, 2020
That being said, we should all still practice safe drinking. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has a wealth of resources, including online meetings, for those who struggle with addiction.
Stay safe and take care of yourself, mi gente.