My heart goes out to Joe Powelka author of the Oct. 24 guest column “What are the costs of COVID isolation?” He describes all too well the pain resulting from very hard measures needed to protect people. It also illustrates very well why the situation is so much harder than it has to be. By definition any infection in a nursing home has to come from outside; there is no other way it can happen.
But look at what is happening outside the nursing homes. In the same issue of The Gazette we learn that, according to the White House Task Force, 49 Iowa counties are in the most dangerous “red zone” of infection; 19 more are “orange”; and 21 are “yellow.” If this were a prairie fire, 89 Iowa counties would be on fire. Only 10 Iowa counties would be considered outside a hot zone.
And why is this? Our president tells us we are “turning the corner”; our governor tells us that she might do something in the future “if I needed to.” In other words, folks, we’re on our own to fend for ourselves. The only corner we’re turning is taking us further into the conflagration and more and more of us are deciding that measures known to reduce infections are only a matter of opinion, not medical fact. This is how we’ve gotten here. There is an election happening. Do the right thing.