Let’s Not Undo ..

.. all the good effort .. let’s not re-do all the pain.

Let’s not waste what we’ve gained in the form of:

  • Lower case count ..
  • Lower hospitalization count ..
  • Lower death count ..

.. because we’re impatient, have cabin fever or don’t believe .. or don’t behave.

Some states (including the one in which I live) are opening prematurely and potentially carelessly.

Prematurely in that:

Georgia might meet the criteria for hospital beds and ICUs (I couldn’t find these numbers). It also sounds like PPE is finally flowing and medical staff is less strained. But even with impressive medical capacities, we are flying blind.

Carelessly in that the types of businesses the Georgia Governor has chosen to open (see “Georgia on my Mind ..“). The short version:

  • It’s physically impossible to get a hair cut or style from six feet away.
  • Or getting a tattoo .. or a massage.
  • On Monday, restaurants and movie theatres were allowed to open (guidelines therein). Note that even at reduced capacity (seats in a theatre, tables in a restaurant) patrons who enter will touch the same door handles, interact with the same people for a duration, breathe the same air, use the same restrooms, etc.

It is incumbent on the individual businesses to:

  • Protect their employees.
  • Protect their customers.
  • Protect against contributing to additional spread.
  • .. and more. Many business have heard the call to open and what some businesses have said back.

Our discipline has flattened the curve and slowed the spread. The effort has been no less than tremendous. The numbers are lower than originally cited because of this. While this has proven to be an unbelievable challenge for many families, businesses and to our economy, it was the only tool in our kit to combat the virus at scale. We do not want to undo these efforts and prolong the pain.

The “Numbers are Good ..” because of our vigilance. Our vigilance ensures the Healthcare Heroes are not overwhelmed.

Be smart. If you go out, avoid close contact, large groups, and “Behave Like You Have It ..“. Assume others are similar risks to you as you are to them.

Stay connected. Stay safe. Stay home.

About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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