Coronavirus distance tattling?
Is it a “Brave New World?” Or Orwell’s 1984, where neighbors are supposed to rat on neighbors? Or a life-saving tactic in the frontline in the war against COVID-19?
Madison/Dane County Public Health is encouraging residents to report gatherings of more than 10 persons. Public Health posted a form on-line Wednesday (03-18-2020).
Matt Kittle at Empower Wisconsin is calling it “Brave New World.” Here at the Stately Manor, the Lovely Lisa says “I don’t like it.”
Then again, citizens were designated as air raid wardens to roam the streets of America looking for violators of the “Lights Out” blackouts during World War 2. The President has assumed war powers. We are at war with a virus that can kill. Young people think they’ll never die. You’ve seen pictures congregating on southern beaches. New C.D.C. data shows that nearly 40% of patients sick enough to be hospitalized were aged 20 to 54. The risk of dying was significantly higher in older people. So it is a matter of life and death.
“We don’t want to give citations initially but if people don’t want to follow what we ask, we will issue citations,” Public Health Department spokesman Jarrett Jones told Blaska Policy Werkes.
Jones said the department had an enforcement team but did knot know how many members. He said the department had already received some reports but did not know how many.
“We have the authority to limit mass gatherings and we can work with the police department to enforce this ordinance.”
Distance coffee klatsching
Held our bi-weekly wise old guys (as opposed to old wise guys) breakfast on-line this morning because the old Squire is sheltering in place. Three of us hooked up via an application (app) called “Zoom.” You can sign up for free and host up to 100 participants; there’s a 40-minute limit on session length. One of our group signed up for $15/month for more features. Meetings can even be recorded, good for government use.
It’s great to be able to see friends on the screen but have to say the breakfast service at the Manor suffered in comparison to My Sisters’ Place in Middleton. (We hope to return soon.)
This source tells us that The number of Zoom users has grown rapidly surrounding concerns for coronavirus (COVID-19). It’s estimated that the company has added 2.22 million monthly active users so far in 2020, while in all of 2019 it added 1.99 million users. Zoom meetings will be the new normal.
The Policy Werkes received this inquiry: “Who else thinks the anti-Trump virus was manufactured in a bio-weapons laboratory?” We referred it to our minister of paranoia (shown at left). That conspiracy theory is refuted here.
Have you noticed? Is there a slight downtick in partisanship? The “we’re all in this together” mood? Is Trump being forced to act all “Presidential”? Will the Presidency make the man (at long last)? Standing up there with Doctors Birx and Fauci and the Surgeon General helps the old image. Are fireside chats next? Via Zoom?