Precautions, Not Politics to Fight the Coronavirus

By Betsy Mahan
SacCountyGOP Chair

The shelves that previously carried germ fighting products are bare at most stores. People are taking the coronavirus very seriously…some for health reasons, and others to not let a crisis go to waste in this Presidential election year.

The hyper-political response to the government’s handling of the coronavirus by Speaker Pelosi and keyboard warriors on social media has been despicable and counterproductive. This demonstrates that operatives would rather attempt to score political points by spreading false and provocative messages than curb the impact on our economy and focus resources on this infectious disease.

Perhaps this is a useful drill to make sure government agencies like the CDC and state health departments improve communications and protocols for a rapid response to infectious diseases, such as the common flu that kills tens of thousands of Americans every year.

We need to have confidence that a future pandemic will provoke health related, not political, responses that protect our people and our economy. Our private companies and healthcare providers are valuable resources in such times, and should continue to be part of a coordinated response team. By all appearances at the regular briefings led by Vice President Pence, the Administration has made the coronavirus a priority to prevent the spread we are seeing in other countries.

The good news? Fewer people will contract the coronavirus and the flu, and the economy will recover because it was healthy from the start. Our loved ones with underlying health conditions cannot rebound as easily, so please take precautions so we can all look forward to being together this summer.


Resources:

Coronavirus Updates from the Office of the President

Sacramento County Health Alerts & Advisories

As of March 19, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., the Sacramento County Health Officer is directing all individuals living in the county to stay at their place of residence except for essential activities. The legal order is based on the same directives of social distancing issued this week to slow the transmission of the disease, but it provides more detail and enforcement ability. The legal order limits activity, travel and business functions to only the most essential needs and is intended to protect those most vulnerable to the disease, slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, and preserve local healthcare capacity.
All individuals currently living within the County of Sacramento are ordered to stay at home or place of residence. To the degree individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces, they must at all times as reasonably possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person when they are outside their residence. All persons may leave their residences only for Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses. All businesses with a facility in the County, except Essential Businesses, are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the County except Minimum Basic Operations. For definitions, please see the Public Health Order.
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