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Following advice from experts on COVID-19 is in everyone’s interest

Have you ever tried to get a child who wasn’t your own to do something and that child responded with some form of “you can’t make me”?

Something similar seems to be happening when it comes to some people — especially younger folks — regarding the guidelines for public interaction during this coronavirus pandemic that is announcing its presence here in the U.S. and in Pennsylvania loud and clear.

Just because someone lacks the authority to force you to do something doesn’t mean you should refrain from doing it. Sometimes sacrificing for the greater good is just the cost of being a productive member of society.

We know the governor can’t order you to stay away from places (at least the ones that are open) like gyms, non-grocery stores and other so-called non-essential for-profit businesses. But there’s a reason why pretty much any expert with an opinion on this is recommending the same things — they’ve been proven to work.

Social distancing is a nuisance for many, yes, but it’s a pretty simple concept. The fewer people you come into close contact with, the fewer chances you have to contract the virus and the fewer chances you have to potentially transmit the virus to someone else, someone who may be at risk for developing a severe or even fatal case of COVID-19.

It’s also important to note that when it comes to coronavirus, one need not be showing symptoms to have it.

That is why Gov. Tom Wolf ordered food service businesses to temporarily halt dine-in service and public school districts to close — which he has the authority to do. It’s also why he has strongly suggested that any non-essential place where people gather take similar measures to keep large groups from congregating — which he cannot mandate. It’s why many people find themselves working from home or not at all right now.

Even if you’re not part of a “high-risk” group (like the elderly or those with compromised immune systems), and, therefore, you don’t think it’s a big deal, you still can unknowingly help spread it to those for whom it would be a very big deal, which will lead to those working in the medical field becoming inundated with COVID-19 patients.

Get the idea now?

Like the governor, we cannot force you to comply against your will. But we can hopefully apply public pressure that makes you reconsider why you’re not willing to help slow the spread of this virus.

We are all in this together. If everyone does his or her part to help his or her fellow man or woman, this will pass much more quickly and we can all return to our normal lives that much sooner.

So, what do you say? Will you do your part?

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