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We’ve reached the point to reconsider opening up

May 22, 2020

This is my first ever letter to the editor. I am 65 and healthy, but still at a higher risk to the virus because of my history (ex-smoker etc.). I never thought I’d ever agree with our Dear Leader in Washington, but it’s time to open things up.

It’s not magically going away, and a vaccine seems far down the road. There is a saying that goes, “The operation was a success but the patient died.” I think we have reached that point.

When nothing was known about it, the prudent thing to do was shut things down. We now know more people have had it than previously thought, which makes the death rate lower. We know it can be deadly for people my age or older and people with underlying conditions.

But for younger, healthy people it’s mostly survivable or not even noticed. Yes, they are potential carriers that can infect me, but I know what I need to do to minimize the risk. I will not be in crowds, ever shake hands again, or even hug my grandchildren until we actually have control of this.

It’s selfish to expect those younger than me to continue to ruin their lives until that day comes. I figure I’ve lived about three-quarters of my useful life. Let’s think about those who have three-quarters or half left.

Life is precious, but living it is more important. It was nice, though, with no traffic and sirens all day.                                

Steve Rosier
Rehoboth Beach

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