Still on a Crowded Beach Flicking Your Frisbee? You’re Actually Playing with My Life. Stop It.
The following essay was written by my husband, Dr. Fred Wagshul, the Medical Director of Lung Center of America, located in Centerville, Ohio. Fred believes that young people crowding America’s beaches for Spring Break represent a present danger to public health…especially since they are engaging in behavior that may likely expose them to the virus—and when they return home, to millions more Americans. Getting his message to the young people themselves, their parents, families and friends is urgent.
***AN URGENT WARNING FROM DR. FRED WAGSHUL TO AMERICA’S YOUNG PEOPLE PARTYING ON THE BEACH***
“To America’s young people partying on the beach: As you’re tossing around that Frisbee on the sand, you have no absolutely no idea if you have been exposed to the deadly coronavirus. So you could quite possibly be flicking the coronavirus to your friend, who flicks it to another friend, and then another and another.
Then, when you return home in a few days, freshly tanned and freshly exposed, and your mom does your contaminated laundry, then serves you breakfast that she also serves to the whole family, you’ve successfully exposed your parents and sibs.
And let’s say that your mom and dad don’t have the luxury of sheltering in place and need to go out to work. Now your carefree game of Frisbee and bar hopping in the midst of a deadly pandemic which you knew about and chose to ignore becomes the gift that keeps on giving. Quickly, all of mom and dad’s co-workers are exposed — many of whom have family over 60 living with them at home. (These are the people in the highest risk group for owjepoj3becoming critically ill if they contract this deadly virus.)
And it’s quite possible that someone else hundreds of miles awayyoplayed a game of pick-up basketball at the neighborhood park with friends, passing the ball to one another along with the virus to all the others in the game — with the virus eventually reaching your own aging grandparents.
THIS VIRUS IS HIGHLY, HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS. IT IS INVISIBLE. IT IS HARD TO KILL. HUMANS HAVE NO ANTIBODIES TO FIGHT IT. THERE IS NO TREATMENT FOR IT. THAT’S WHY PEOPLE ARE DYING FROM IT.
Sure, you’re young, and chances are you’ll be ok even if you come down with the virus — though there’s NO GUARANTEE that you won’t become seriously ill, because you certainly can. But if you care at all for anyone else more than you care about having a good time on your Spring Break, then get off the beach. Now. You just might save a life — or lives — if you do. Oh…and one of those lives just might be someone you dearly love and can’t imagine life without.” — Dr. Fred Wagshul, Medical Director, Lung Center of America