The Journal Gazette
Friday, October 16, 2020 1:00 am

Indiana voices

Familiar refrain remains best advice

We're not out of the woods. Don't let up. Stay safe.

Sound familiar?

If those phrases seem worn and tired by now, then get ready for a fresh round after recent developments related to COVID-19.

The phrases became common in late spring, after it was clear the coronavirus battle was not going to be a quick one.

Then again after the Fourth of July weekend, when partying and blow-out bashes apparently seemed like a good idea – and large gatherings triggered a spike in cases.

And yet again as summer faded and we headed into fall, with COVID-19 still not relenting.

Remember the goal of “flattening the curve?” The curve is going in the wrong direction.

Scientists and public health officials at all levels agree that the basic steps they've been advocating for months still are the best: masks, social distancing and hand washing.

Part of the problem has been a lack of uniform belief or adherence to those recommendations. They may be inconvenient and the strength of the message may be fading. But they remain our best tools at the moment, and we've seen the consequences of ignoring them, even in the Rose Garden. So mask up, wash your hands and beware of large gatherings and social distancing.

And, yes, it bears repeating yet again, and again.

We're not out of the woods. Don't let up. Stay safe.


– South Bend Tribune

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