Hong is wrong
This is a response to Ted Hong’s May 18 letter (Your Views, Tribune-Herald).
I have visited Hawaii for 25 straight years. Escaping the Midwest winters was my main reason for visiting what I call “heaven.”
The other reason was most people seem to have brains in Hawaii. Well, this pandemic has changed that.
Our form of government has not changed, Mr. Hong. We are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. The only way to keep people alive is to keep them separated.
Sure, every business could have remained open, but no one could visit if they wanted to remain living.
P.S. Tribune-Herald, stop publishing the ramblings of people who are not using their brains. You have published two in the last week. STOP.
It’s called science
In response to Vicky Vierra’s letter (Your Views, Tribune-Herald, May 13), the link below, on airborne respiratory disease transmission, explains how micro droplets spread colds, flu, COVID-19 and other diseases.
COVID-19 is currently of special concern because it is a new disease and no one had immunity to it before it appeared.
The link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK143281/.
Face coverings, masks and keeping six feet apart (known as social or physical distancing) reduces the chances of transmission of coronavirus and other diseases that are transmitted from person to person on micro-droplets.
Call your doctor
The pandemic gives us an unexpected opportunity.
Ironically, while preparing for the worst, we have now emptied out some hospitals and some doctors’ offices. Now might be the best time to book medical procedures and visits.
In some areas, we have done such a great job of flattening the curve, we are almost cratering the curve.
The dreaded overwhelming of medical facilities has instead weirdly turned into severely underwhelming them. Unfortunately to the point that like other small businesses, some doctors’ offices are suffering from lack of customers, too.
Fortunately, there’s the new tool of online visits. A win-win for the patient and the doctor.
My doctor visit was on a Saturday night. The doctor and I both stayed home. But I got the medical advice I needed, and he got a satisfied customer.
So, ironically, another way of honoring health care professionals is to check if they want to see you.