Wall Street Journal, June 16,2020
Six months into the coronavirus crisis, there’s a growing consensus about a central question: How do people become infected?
It’s not common to contract Covid-19 from a contaminated surface, scientists say. And fleeting encounters with people outdoors are unlikely to spread the coronavirus.
Instead, the major culprit is close-up, person-to-person interactions for extended periods. Crowded events, poorly ventilated areas and places where people are talking loudly—or singing, in one famous case—maximize the risk.
These emerging findings are helping businesses and governments devise reopening strategies to protect public health while getting economies going again. That includes tactics like installing plexiglass barriers, requiring people to wear masks in stores and other venues, using good ventilation systems and keeping windows open when possible.
Read the entire article HERE.
The Echo Lake Community board has announced the cancelation of some scheduled community events based on the continuing guidance from the Washington State Department of Health on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19).
The cancellations, while unfortunate, reaffirms our commitment first and foremost to the safety and health of the families in our community. When conditions improve we will reschedule these events.
What We Can Do
News of the Coronavirus impact is everywhere and may be causing some stress to you and your family. While the Echo Lake Community board has been focused on emergency preparation over this past year, we didn’t see a biological threat as a top contender. It is here now and we sincerely hope your basic personal preparedness plan has been a priority. We are fortunate to be living in a rural setting where we can have some degree of isolation when necessary. To be responsible, your board has decided to postpone community events until such time the Coronavirus has diminished.
With the availability of media, multiple online sources and social media, it’s easy to be misinformed. It is important to protect ourselves and families by following guidelines available from trusted sources. The situation is dynamic with daily updates available. We direct your attention to the following sources for up-to-date information. Take this information and make decisions for your family.
Here are the sources we are tracking
- Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- King County Health
- Snohomish County Health
And a couple quick downloads
This could also be a time to consider the well-being of your neighbors, remembering ‘We are stronger together’. There are governmental agencies working to prevent the spread of Covid-19 but at the core of prevention is personal preparedness! The Echo Lake Community Board is also staying abreast of the situation. If there are developments that more directly impact our community, we will issue local alerts. For now, please follow the above guidelines and understand this too will pass and life will return to normal.