Isolation the best policy

It’s risky business editorializing about a health crisis that is developing quickly. For a couple of days late last week, even social media posts were becoming obsolete before the ink had dried on them. One minute (or so it seemed), something was not being canceled. The next minute it was.

Thus, all the hockey playoffs and year-ending tournaments we were looking forward to were gone in a puff of smoke. Likewise the season-ending figure skating carnival those kids and their coaches had worked so hard all year to prepare for. That all developed on Thursday and Friday, in cascading effect that seemed to start with the NBA cancelling its season. Other cancellations followed, from the highest levels down to the local.

The only way to ‘flatten the curve’ – as it’s being called – is to take radical action. The COVID-19 virus is not all-powerful; it needs close human interaction to spread. If we follow the good advice we’re being given, it will stop.

Easier said than done, of course. But with a whole slate of weekend events canceled, at least Slave Lake was making an effort. How well the health care system can cope if there’s an outbreak of symptoms locally? Hopefully we won’t have to find out.

People’s health comes first, as it should. The impact on the economy is another story, but it could be devastating. With whole countries pretty much shutting down, it’s not hard to imagine how bad that could be.

We’re all in this together. But isolation is the best policy, if we can manage it.

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